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Airbus says it takes ‘historical’ aircraft order

Airbus said Monday it has taken its largest aircraft order by number, from an India-based airline.

IndiGo firmed up a 2014 commitment by placing an order for 250 Airbus A320 new engine option jets. The purchase agreement was signed Saturday, Airbus said in a news release Monday.

With this latest announcement, IndiGo has ordered 530 A320 Family aircraft, Airbus said.

“It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India’s largest airline and one of the early launch customers for the A320neo, is coming back for more of our benchmark aircraft,” John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer customers, said in the release.

The A320 single-aisle passenger jet competes directly with Boeing’s 737, 70 percent of which is built by Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit also builds parts of the A320’s wings.

Airbus also operates Airbus Americas Engineering in Wichita.