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Paris — Airbus announced its largest order yet on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment company Indigo Partners at a list price of $49.5bn. "An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable," said Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy. "But it’s particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do." The announcement sent Airbus’s share price soaring, rising by more than 3.0% to €86.09 in a generally softer market. Airbus’s Fabrice Bergier told AFP at the Dubai Air Show, where the announcement was made, that the contract was a "new sign of confidence" in the European aircraft maker’s jets. "It’s an overwhelming success for Airbus and its A320 aircraft," he said. The order is for 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos, the revamped and more fuel-efficient version of Airbus’s most popular single-aisle passenger jet, the A320. In...

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