Sunday, January 08, 2023

Milestone: IndiGo Fleet Size Grows To 300 Aircraft

Since starting out nearly two decades ago, IndiGo has achieved several milestones as it created waves within the Indian aviation industry. And just recently, the budget carrier reached another milestone as it announced housing 300 aircraft in a still-growing fleet. This means that IndiGo is not just the biggest Indian low-cost carrier. It is also has the biggest fleet in the country.

Out of this significant 300, IndiGo's fleet primarily consists of turbofan narrowbodies, such as housing 21 Airbus A320-200s, 160 Airbus A320neos, two Airbus A321-200s, and 78 Airbus A321neos. These narrowbodies aid the low-cost carrier in its domestic and regional flight operations. Also in this extensive fleet is a handful of turboprops, exactly 37 ATR 72s, and a couple of passenger-converted Airbus A321-200 freighters.

And at 300 aircraft strong, the budget carrier's fleet is the largest out of all scheduled airlines operating in India. The following two largest fleets are operated by flag carrier Air India and low-cost carrier SpiceJet, with the airlines housing over 100 aircraft in their individual fleets. Chief Executive Officer Pieter Elbers celebrated this milestone by saying:

"Our fleet now stands at 300 aircraft, giving wings to our ambitions. We have recently expanded operations across the west, east, and northeast India as well as the Middle East. The strong fleet will help us cater to emerging travel demands with the addition of capacity across domestic and international destination shores."

But IndiGo is not just stopping with its fleet growth just yet, as the low-cost carrier is soon expecting two new ATR 72s, registered VT-IRG and VT-IRH, alongside two new Airbus A320neos. While keeping in the spirit of twos, IndiGo is also expecting a couple of Airbus A320neos. It's also worth noting that the airline still awaits over 500 aircraft from Airbus.

08/01/23 Charlotte Seet/Simple Flying

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