Thursday, September 22, 2016

IndiGo opts for bigger single-aisle planes for overseas expansion

Mumbai: IndiGo is for the first time opting for bigger aircraft in the single-aisle segment, as it steps up overseas expansion plans.

India's biggest airline by market share has tweaked part of its aircraft order, converting 20 Airbus A320Neo planes to A321Neos, said two people in the know.

In IndiGo's single-class configuration, the A321 will have a sitting capacity of over 230, compared to the A320's 180.

The airline has a total of 422 planes on order. After the tweak, 402 of them will be A320s and the rest A321s. The A321s will start coming in from 2019, said one of the executives. He added the conversion was a clause in the initial plane purchase contract between IndiGo and Airbus. There's also a possibility that IndiGo may opt for the A321LR (Long Range) planes, touted as the longest range single aisle jetliner in the world.

The shift to bigger planes highlights IndiGo's bigger plans for overseas operations. The airline currently flies to five neighbouring overseas destinations: Kathmandu, Dubai, Singapore, Muscat and Bangkok.
21/09/16 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times
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