Thursday, June 02, 2022

IndiGo may have business class on long-range A321 aircraft

New Delhi: IndiGo could have a business class on the Airbus A321 XLR (extra long range) that begin joining its fleet from mid 2024 and will be used for nonstops with a duration of up to 7-8 hours to Europe and Far East.

The budget airline has always had a single class cabin, all economy. It has also shunned ovens on aircraft to keep aircraft light and save fuel, while selling cold meals (not counting pour-hot-water-in-upma) to passengers. But for the long flights that the XLR would used for, the airline is drawing up a different business model.

An IndiGo official said the airline is “considering a two class configuration (business and economy) for the XLR. However, nothing has been decided yet.” The XLR is also most likely to have ovens on board that will enable passengers to buy real hot meals.

The XLR product being designed by IndiGo are for the first budget medium haul nonstops between India and destinations like Paris, Frankfurt, Prague, Moscow, Tokyo and Seoul — a soul preserve of ful service carriers’ (FSC) direct flights.

02/06/22 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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