New Delhi - Indigo, the biggest airline of India, is negotiating with Airbus for fifty new aircraft. For the first time it is not an A320, but a widebody device.

The Indian low-cost operator wants to order up to 50 A330neo and to include long-haul routes in its network, according to an insider who told Bloomberg news agency.

It's high time IndiGo enters the international market. An expansion on the long-haul is absolutely necessary,
says founder and former US Airways CEO Rakesh Gangwal.

According to the unnamed source who wants to remain anonymous, Airbus and IndiGo are currently talking about an order for 50 A330neo, which is to be split into a firm order and options. According to the current price list, the deal worth $ 13 billion. The official contract will be signed in June.

Airbus offers the new edition of the A330 as the A330-900 and A330-800. Airbus intends to deliver its first A330-900 to TAP Air Portugal later this year. In total, Airbus has 214 A330-900 orders in its backlog.

On the other hand, the shorter variant A330-800 has no customer yet. This week, Hawaiian Airlines, the only customer of the aircraft, dropped its order for six A330-800 an ordered ten 787-9 from Boeing to renew its long-haul fleet

With 430 orders, IndiGo is one of the biggest buyers of the A320neo and has also been expanding its regional fleet with ATR turboprops since 2017.

IndiGo expects a partial takeover of the chronically indebted Air India for the expansion on long-haul by acquiring the slots of the national carrier.

Air India's international operations would strengthen our network and give us immediate access to the new markets,
Gangwal said.