Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says it will deliver one aircraft per week to India over the next ten years.
It currently has a backlog of around 520 orders from several Indian airlines.
“In order to successfully deliver the aircraft to our clients in the country, we will be delivering on an average, one aircraft a week, for the next ten years,” says Srinivasan Dwarakanath, president of Airbus Division in India.
The vast majority of the orders are from low-cost airline IndiGo – which will receive 430 A320neo. Other orders from Indian carriers include:
- GoAir (72 A320neos)
- Jet Airways (five A330-200s)
- Vistara (four A320s and seven A320neos)
With over 220 Airbus aircraft operational in the Indian market, Airbus claims to hold a leading market-share in the country.
Indian carriers currently operating Airbus aircraft include:
Air India (66 A320s), IndiGo (108 A320s), Jet Airways (four A330-200s and four A330-300s), GoAir (19 A320s), Air Asia India (six A320s), Vistara (ten A320s), and SpiceJet (three A320s).
Dwarakanath forecasts the need for 1,600 passenger aircraft in the region in the next 20 years, especially in the single-aisle, narrow body aircraft sector for domestic routes.