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Indigo Partners: commitments for other 430 airplanes of A-320neo family

Dubai, UAE - It doubles existing orders; worth USD 49.5bn

Airbus, Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase by the four airlines of 430 additional A-320neo Family aircraft. The airplanes will be allocated among the ultra low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines. The 430-aircraft commitment, comprised of 273 A-320neos and 157 A-321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices, was announced at the "Dubai Airshow" by Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. When added to existing A-320 Family orders, the new agreement will make Indigo Partners one of the largest customers by order number in the world for the Airbus single-aisle aircraft family. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family previously have placed orders for 427 A-320 Family aircraft. Also present at the announcement were Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines; Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART; and József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air. They confirmed their firm’s individual aircraft orders as follows: - Wizz 72 A-320neo, 74 A-321neo; - Frontier 100 A-320neo, 34 A-321neo; - JetSMART 56 A-320neo, 14 A-321neo; - Volaris 46 A-320neo, 34 A-321neo. Bill Franke indicated that engine selections will be made and announced at a later date.

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