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NEW DELHI, INDIA - Low-cost operator IndiGo, which is also the largest airline in India, said it will keep adding new aircraft despite the crisis generated by the global pandemic.

IndiGo is the biggest customer of the Airbus's best-selling A320neo jets. The airline plans to return its entire fleet of 120 older planes to lessors in the next two years. Those aircraft will be replaced by new jets.

“We are in active discussions with Airbus -- we will take a large number. It will all depend on the revenue picture and the pricing we get and so forth, but we will take a large number,”

IndiGo chief executive Ronojoy Dutta said.

The Indian carrier will take delivery of 30 A320neos, Chief Operating Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said without giving a schedule. IndiGo added 42 A320neo-family aircraft during the year ended March 31.

IndiGo is one of a few low-cost airlines around the world that are keeping growth plans intact. Last week, Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary said that the carrier was planning to rekindle growth by negotiating incentives with traffic-starved airports and betting on the return of Boeing's troubled 737 MAX that was grounded globally after two deadly crashes.

Last month, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi said the carrier plans to take delivery of the hundreds of jetliners it has on order from Airbus.
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