Kuwait's Wataniya To Expand With 25 Airbus A320neos

Andrew Cummings
November 15, 2017

Franke's Indigo Partners, which controls Denver-based Frontier Airlines and owns part of Mexico's Volaris, is known for unbundled or a la carte fares in so-called ultra-low-cost airlines, where passengers are offered cheap base prices with the option of paying more for extras.

Private equity firm Indigo Partners has signed a memorandum of understanding for 430 Airbus A320neo family aircraft at the Dubai air show.

A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment, as did Indigo says Bloomberg.


The Indigo deal would more than double Airbus's existing order book for the year, which stood at about 290 aircraft as of October 31.

"An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable, but it's particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do". It also has the right to substitute a number of the A320neo aircraft with the Airbus A321neo and vice versa, depending on its future requirements.

That has triggered industry talk of a swan-song order worth tens of billions of dollars to be negotiated by Leahy before end-year.


The Airbus, Indigo Partners deal isn't just good news for the airplane manufacturer, it will also double the stock of planes across the Indigo Partners low-priced carrier group.

It will also allow Airbus to overtake Boeing, with a total of 718 orders against its American rival's 605.


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