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Newsman Bureau

Kolkata, 17 August:  PRIVATE airline IndiGo has placed an order for 250 more A320neo family aircraft. IndiGo inked the purchase agreement with Airbus on Saturday.

IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said that the additional fuel efficient A320neo aircraft would enable the airline to extend its low fare service to more flyers and markets, and would drive additional job opportunities.

IndiGo had placed an order in 2005 for 100 numbers of A320s that have all been delivered by now. In 2011, the airline committed to Airbus about buying the A320neo aircraft, taking the total number of Airbus that it had ordered to 280.

With this latest announcement, IndiGo’s deal with the France-headquartered aircraft manufacturing major now stands at 530 aircraft of the A320neo family. The order will be served by Airbus in phased manner over the next few years.

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year, IndiGo said in an official statement.