Thursday, May 20, 2021

IndiGo Has Grown Its A321neo Fleet By Nearly 300% In One Year

India’s low-cost giant IndiGo has continued its impressive fleet expansion through 2021. The carrier added 11 new A321neos this year alone. This means IndiGo’s A321 fleet has grown by 300% since the pandemic began in February 2020. Let’s find out more about this expansion.

Despite a challenging year in 2020, IndiGo stood out as one of the only airlines globally continuing to take aircraft deliveries. Indeed, the airline was Airbus’ biggest customer in 2020, adding an impressive 44 new planes (even by pre-pandemic standards).

However, the budget giant has not slowed down its deliveries in the first quarter of 2021 either. Q1 saw the airline take delivery of 10 new aircraft, all of them being A321neos this time around. This is the first time in nearly a decade since IndiGo has not taken delivery of a single A320 or A320neo in a quarter.

This drastic rise has meant that IndiGo’s A321neo fleet has increased to 40 aircraft from just 10 at the start of the last year. The carrier took 19 new A321neos last year and 11 this year, growing the fleet a whopping 300%.

IndiGo uses its larger A321neo on some of its longest routes and high-demand services domestically. For example, the carrier’s longest flight from Delhi to Istanbul (nearly seven hours) uses the larger jet. Routes like Delhi to Bangalore, which sees heavy traffic, also use the 232-seater A321neo.

20/05/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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