Dr. Kiran Rao, executive vice president — strategy and marketing at Airbus and Captain Ashim Mittra, vice president — flight operations at IndiGo at the hand-over of Asia's first A320neo in Toulouse.
Dr. Kiran Rao, executive vice president — strategy and marketing at Airbus and Captain Ashim Mittra, vice president — flight operations at IndiGo at the hand-over of Asia's first A320neo in Toulouse.PR Handout

IndiGo, India's largest airline in terms of passenger traffic, received the first of its 250 Airbus A320neo. This makes the airline Asia's first and the world's second operator of the A320neo series of aircraft from Airbus.

"The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price," said Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo, in a media release.

IndiGo is one of the biggest customers of Airbus and its A320 family of aircraft with a cumulative order size of 530.

"It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India's largest airline and the biggest customer for our A320neo, has taken delivery of its first aircraft. On top of best in class operational efficiencies and environmental benefits, the A320neo will offer IndiGo's passengers unmatched comfort," Dr. Kiran Rao, executive vice-president of strategy and marketing at Airbus, said in the media release.

The aircraft includes many updated features such as the latest generation of the engine and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which result in better fuel efficiency.

Airbus said its A320 family of aircraft has clocked nearly 12,500 orders to date with deliveries of over 6,900 aircraft to over 300 customers and operators globally.