IndiGo To take delivery of 25 A321 planes; sets sights overseas

ISTANBUL: IndiGo plans to get 20-25 of the Airbus A321 planes, the stretched, longer version of the A320 family of planes, as India’s biggest airline by market share gears up for further international expansion.

This is part of the 48 plane deliveries the airline is expecting this year. The rest would be Airbus A320neos, said Willy Boulter, chief commercial officer of IndiGo.

Boulter was talking late Wednesday on the sidelines of IndiGo’s maiden flight to Istanbul. The airline has started a daily operation and will add a second one to it later this month. It also has a code share with Turkish Airlines which will connect it to 20 European destinations.

IndiGo plans to upgrade its product for medium haul routes, Boulter said without elaborating.

IndiGo CEO Rono Dutta recently said the airline plans to deploy 60% of fresh capacity on international routes.

Boulter Wednesday said the airline is looking at destinations in China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia among others. IndiGo had obtained slots at the Gatwick airport in London but those have lapsed, said Boulter. But the airline still has plans to fly to London he said.

Boulter added that the capacity glut in the last few months, primarily because of Jet Airways grounding planes, have increased ticket prices.

The DGCA, however, earlier this week met top airline executives and advised them to keep prices under control.


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