India’s GoAir finalizes Airbus A320neo order
MIAMI — Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) GoAir has finalized a firm order with Airbus for 72 A320neo aircraft, following its Memorandum of Understanding subscribed at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow. The firm order doubles GoAir’s planned A320neo fleet to 144 frames, all of which will be delivered before 2020.
“This new order will further strengthen our network by adding more domestic and international routes in the years to come,” GoAir Managing Director & CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said in a statement.
The carrier has already taken delivery of four A320neo frames since last June, becoming the third airline in the world (and the second in India after rival IndiGo) to operate the type.
Air India is also set to become an A320neo operator, after signing a leasing contract with Kuwait-based ALAFCO for 14 aircraft, announced during the 2016 India Aviation Airshow.
GoAir was the first airline to use A320neo in the Spaceflex configuration with 186 seats, and also operates 19 180-seat A320ceos. The airline operates to 22 destinations in India, with over 140 daily flights and 975 weekly flights.
The incorporation of the A320neo to the fleet made GoAir eligible for international flights out of India, although the carrier does not yet operate any.