Aviation

Airbus’ India order book 4 times more than Boeing’s

DELHI

With the latest purchase order for 250 planes by Indigo airlines plane manufacturer Airbus is now sure that it will be number one in India in India for at least the next decade or so feels the executive vice-president of the Toulouse-based plane manufacturer, Kiran Rao reports Business Standard.

Predictably, Boeing is not ready to concede defeat. Dinesh Keskar, its high-profile senior vice-president (sales) for the Asia-Pacific, dismisses all talk of India turning into an Airbus market. He says Boeing will dominate the wide-body aircraft market and continue to have half the India market in the next 10 years.

Boeing and Airbus have had an almost equal market share in India so far. Now,Airbus has zoomed ahead with an order book of 502 planes to be delivered over the next 10 years. This is more than four times the 130 plane order book Boeing has currently. In addition to the latest order for 250 planes, IndiGo had ordered 180 A-320 neos in 2011. Their deliveries will begin from October 2015. GoAir too has ordered 72 planes of the same type from Airbus.

In contrast, Boeing’s previous major order from India was in March this year, when low-cost carrier SpiceJet signed a deal to take delivery of 42 Boeing 737 Max planes. Jet has also signed for a little over 50 of the B737 Max.

 

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