The order sheet for the premium Airbus 320neo (new engine option) has touched a record 1,245, as per the latest figures released by the Toulouse-based aviation giant on Tuesday.
This is the highest number of orders for any particular aircraft type and comes within less than a year of Airbus, announcing the new variant to the A320 family, which, it says would result in fuel savings of up to 15% or $2 million per year for airlines.
"Out of the 1,245, 1,058 are firm orders from 17 customers worldwide while for the rest 187, we have signed MoU's with five airlines," an Airbus official said.
Significantly, its flagship - the A320 - is the world's best-selling aircraft in the world with over 8,000 firm orders out of which 4,700 have been delivered.
India's largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo, is the launch customer of the Neo, which would be available from 2016 and incorporates new more efficient engines and large wing tip devices called Sharklets delivering significant fuel savings.
In addition, the A320neo provides a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise. While IndiGo has ordered 150 Neos, no frills carrier GoAir placed an order for 72 of them earlier this year.
"We are very confident of delivering the Neo's on time. Everything is aligned and in place," said Joaquin Toro-Prieo, marketing director, A320, when asked if the deliveries to IndiGo would be on time.
(The writer's travel and accommodation for the trip was paid by Airbus)