AIRBUS has received a major boost with news that India’s IndiGo has placed a firm order for 300 new jets with the company.

The order is for 300 new A320neo Family aircrafts, marking one of Airbus' largest aircraft orders ever with a single airline operator.

This latest IndiGo order comprises a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft. This will take IndiGo’s total number of A320neo Family aircraft orders to 730.

The aviation giant, which has a major base in Broughton, employs 14,000 people across the UK.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, said: "We are delighted that IndiGo, one of our early launch customers for the A320neo, continues to build its future with Airbus, making Indigo the world’s biggest customer for the A320neo Family.

"We are grateful for this strong vote of confidence as this order confirms the A320neo Family as the aircraft of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets.” He added: “We are pleased to see our aircraft allowing IndiGo to take full advantage of the predicted growth in Indian air travel.”

Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside welcomed the news on Twitter: "Very exciting news from @Airbus as #IndiGo signs for 300 A320neo Family aircraft.

"A huge boost for the #Broughton factory and the local economy."

The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for the airlines.

The aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm – with 30 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor jets.

At the end of September 2019, the A320neo Family had received more than 6,650 firm orders from nearly 110 customers worldwide.