Phoenix, Arizona-based Indigo Partners has placed an order for 255 new Airbus A321 jets which, at list price, is valued at US$33 billion (£24.6 billion). The agreement was signed on Sunday, November 14, at the Dubi Airshow 2021. The private equity firm, which has controlling interests in America’s Frontier Airlines, JetSmart, Volaris and European low-cost carrier Wizz Air, has now placed orders for 1,145 Airbus A320-family aircraft. This latest order includes 102 aircraft for Wizz Air, 91 for Frontier Airlines and 39 aircraft for Volaris. In addition, Volaris and JetSmart will be up-converting previous orders for 38 A320neos to the A321 variant.
“This order reaffirms our portfolio airlines’ commitment to consistent growth through the next decade. The Airbus A321neo and A321XLR have industry-leading efficiency, low-unit costs and a substantially reduced carbon footprint relative to prior models. With these aircraft, Wizz, Frontier, Volaris and JetSmart will continue to offer low fares, stimulate the markets they serve and improve their industry-leading sustainability profile,” said Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners.
“We are happy to further expand our relationship with our great Indigo Partners’ airlines Wizz, Frontier, Volaris and JetSmart, who have acted fast and decisively over the last few months to position themselves for this landmark order as the effect of the pandemic recedes and the world wants more sustainable flying,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus CEO and Head of Airbus International. Since its launch in 2010, Airbus has received orders for 7,550 A320neo-family aircraft from 122 customers.