Delhi - IndiGo has received the first of 150 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered. The new plane will allow the Indian budget operator to serve on longer routes with more passengers on board.

The first longer range Airbus A321neo of the Indian carrier arrived at Delhi from Airbus's Hamburg plant on December 28 with a one-month delay. Indigo's maiden A321neo registered VT-IUA, is configured to accommodate 222 passengers, 42 more than the A320neo which dominates the IndiGo fleet.

IndiGo ordered a total of 430 A320neos equipped with Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G engines. 150 of them were later converted to A321neo. IndiGo plans to expand its international network to Europe with A321neos.

Earlier this month, IndiGo became the first Indian airline operator to own 200 aircraft in its fleet. The current fleet of IndiGo consists of more than 200 aircraft, including 126 A320ceo, 65 A320neo, and 12 ATR72-600.

Indigo takes possession of its 200th aircraft