The Silicon Review
25 March, 2019
India’s biggest airline by market share, IndiGo, plans to get 20-25 of the Airbus A321 planes in a move to further expand its international market, The Economic Times reported on Thursday.
The Airbus A321 is the stretched, longer version of the A320 family planes.
“IndiGo plans to deploy 60 percent of the fresh capacity of International routes,”Rono Dutta said. Mr. Dutta serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the airline.
According to the report, this is part of the 48 plane deliveries the airline is expecting this year. The rest would be Airbus A320neos; the newspaper quoted Willy Boulter, chief commercial officer of IndiGo as saying.
Mr. Boulter, according to the report, was talking late Wednesday on the sidelines of the IndiGo’s-maiden-flight-to-Istanbul event. The airline has started a daily operation and will add a second one to it later this month. It also has a codeshare with Turkish Airlines which will connect it to 20 European destinations.
IndiGo is looking at destinations in China, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam among others. It had obtained slots at the Gatwick airport in London but those have lapsed, he said. The airline, however, still has plans to fly to London, he further added.
The capacity glut in the last few months has increased ticket prices; primarily because of Jet Airways grounding planes, Mr. Boulter said.
However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation advised top airline executives to keep prices under control, the report said.
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