Friday, November 17, 2017

IndiGo receives first ATR turbo-prop aircraft

Toulouse: Low cost carrier IndiGo today received the first turbo-prop aircraft ATR 72-600 as it prepares to foray into regional operations from December.
The profitable airline, which faces competition from the likes of SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Air India, has placed orders for 50 such aircraft with Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.
The order is also the biggest placed by any Indian carrier with the company.
"Todays delivery represents a major step in the airlines ambitious plan to further develop its fleet with the introduction of fuel-efficient and cost-effective ATR 72-600s, thus expanding its regional footprint and bringing air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities," an IndiGo statement quoting its President Aditya Ghosh said today.
IndiGo has been operating only aircraft from the Airbus A320 family since starting operations in 2005 and the induction of ATR fleet is part of ambitious plans to target regional routes.
Currently, the carrier has 142 aircraft and operates more than 950 flights a day.
17/11/17 Abhishek Shukla/India Today