Friday, November 15, 2019

IndiGo actively looking at wide-body planes, business class on long haul routes

New Delhi: Pursuing aggressive expansion plans, low-cost carrier IndiGo is actively considering operating wide-body planes with business class seats for long haul routes like London and Tokyo, a senior official said on Thursday.

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline might also look at Boeing planes for long haul flights, those that are more than nine hours duration.

The airline, which started 11 new destinations in the last one year starting from October, recently placed a firm order for 300 aircraft from Airbus 320 neo family.

Currently, it has a fleet of around 245 planes.

"We are studying about wide-body (planes) but we have not made a decision. It is not imminent but it is on the drawing table. We are studying it actively," he told PTI in an interview.

As the airline goes into wide-body planes, he said it could look at Boeing or Airbus.

IndiGo's latest order with Airbus comprises A320neos, A321neos and A321XLRs.

Now, the carrier's total number of A320neo family aircraft order now stands at 730.

"In the last 12 months, from October to October, we grew our international operations 115 per cent. 11 new destinations. Clearly, international (operations) is very strong and we continue to grow. In the future, half the capacity will be domestic and half the capacity will be international. So, international is a big focus for us," Dutta said.
15/11/19 PTI/New Indian Express

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