Airbus set to secure record order from Indigo Partners

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Even with a massive haul from Indigo, Airbus may not be done at the Dubai event.

Airbus said the deal would be finalised before the end of this year. The deal is a fitting climax to the legacy of Airbus' top salesman who has helped the aircraft manufacturer reap $1.7 trillion in orders.

Airbus has turned its fortunes around at the Dubai Airshow with a mammoth order of 430 jets worth a total $49.5 billion.

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft entailing seventy-two A320neo and seventy-four A321neo. The deal will spread the jets out across Frontier Airlines in the U.S., Mexico's Volaris, Wizz Air of Hungary and newcomer JetSmart of Chile. The A320 is the most successful plane model of Airbus which competes with Boeing's 737. The carriers will begin taking delivery of the aircraft between 2022 and 2026.

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"Indigo Partners have been a tremendous customer and supporter of the Airbus single-aisle fleet for many years", said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. An order of 20 jets would be valued at US$8.7 billion while an order for 36 of the aircraft would be worth $15.7bn at list prices before discount.

Indigo Partners is a USA investment firm founded by Bill Franke that specialises in the lease of planes to low-priced airlines.

The 430-committment comprises 273 A320neos, and 157 A321 neos.