If the figures are confirmed, Boeing and Airbus will see their backlog expand by more than a thousand aircraft. The world’s biggest commercial aircraft makers are in the midst of massive order negotiations from three airlines, IndiGo, Turkish and Emirates, according to Reuters.
In sheer numbers, low cost IndiGo seems to have the upper hand. The country’s largest airline plans to announce an order for 500 jets from the A320neo family, from Airbus.
The potential deal would be in response to Air India’s massive order, unveiled in February, which included 470 jets from Airbus and Boeing. The airline, taken over by the Tata group, intends to become a tough competitor in air traffic in the Persian Gulf region and Asia.
IndiGo is already one of the largest operators of Airbus aircraft, with 272 A320 family jets. But there are a total of 830 orders, of which 482 are pending delivery.
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The airline is also negotiating with Airbus and Boeing an order for 25 widebodies A330neo or 787 Dreamliner, to establish long-haul routes.
Reinforcement of 150 jets in the fleet and beginning of the end of the A380
Another airline that would be close to ordering hundreds of jets is Turkish Airlines. The flag carrier of Turkey plans to acquire around 600 aircraft, however, part of them still as purchase options.
Turkish has been talking to the two manufacturers for some time and it is estimated that it may close an order for 400 narrowbodies and 200 widebodies. Ahmet Bolat, the airline’s CEO, told Reuters there would be a deal for regional aircraft shortly thereafter.
The A220 and the E2 compete for the order, but the Airbus has already been cited as the airline’s preferred aircraft.
On Tuesday, in an interview during the IATA congress in Istanbul, the president of Emirates Airline, Tim Clark, revealed that the airline is evaluating new orders for A350, 777X and 787 jets, totaling up to 150 aircraft.
According to Clark, it will be necessary to retire the 777-300ER and A380 currently in operation from the beginning of the 2030s. The largest passenger plane in the world, for example, will begin to be withdrawn from service between 2032 and 2033.
Of the three jets, Emirates expects to receive the first A350-900 in 2024 while the 777-9 is scheduled for 2025. Ordered in 2018, the Dreamliners are still the subject of discussions with Boeing.