Boeing close to IndiGo deal for widebodies – report

Indian carrier expected to announce deal for 25 787 Dreamliner aircraft, although still evaluating A330neo

Major Airbus customer, IndiGo could strike a significant widebodies deal with Boeing. Reuters sources say India’s biggest carrier is close to signing an order for 25 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

With nearly 60% of India’s domestic air travel market, IndiGo plans to expand its international routes. Since March, the airline has evaluated the Airbus 787 and A330neo widebodies.

Currently, IndiGo’s fleet is dominated by Airbus jets, of which it has 183 aircraft between A320neo and A321neo models. The airline also closed a record order for 500 single-aisle aircraft during the Paris Air Show in June.

In addition to 40 ATR turboprops, IndiGo also operates two Boeing 777-300ERs leased from Turkish Airlines, which also supplies the crews.

Indigo Boeing 777-300ER (IndiGo)

Air India

The airline has expanded its international network with flights to Africa and Southeast Asia, reaching Europe through codeshare with carriers such as KLM, where its CEO, Pieter Elbers, previously worked.

The international expansion comes as its rival Air India prepares a massive investment in planes and routes since it was taken over by the Tata Group in 2022.

Air India new livery (AI)

One of the most traditional airlines in the country, Air India was sold by the government last year after suffering competition from new comers such as IndiGo.

In early 2023, Air India announced two deals with Airbus and Boeing that add up to 470 aircraft and also include twin-aisle jets.


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