IndiGo eyes widebody aircraft, starts Abu Dhabi flights

posted on 17th October 2018 by Justin Burns
IndiGo eyes widebody aircraft, starts Abu Dhabi flights

Fast-growing Indian airline IndiGo is eyeing the future purchase of widebody aircraft, according to a report by Reuters.

Reuters said the carrier, owned by InterGlobe Aviation has an “aspiration” to a buy Boeing or Airbus model like the 787 or A330neo with talks ongoing, but there is no firm timeline and the Indian aviation market conditions are currently a challenge.

Indian airlines including IndiGo and Jet Airways are facing headwinds with competition high, ticket prices sensitive in India and pressure from rising fuel prices and are struggling to be profitable.

The airline started direct daily flights on Monday (15 October) from the south Indian gateways of Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

IndiGo chief commercial officer, William Boulter said: “IndiGo has completed 12 years of successful operations in the India market as a low cost carrier, and adding Abu Dhabi to its network will further augment the regional connectivity that we aspire to provide to our customers.”

Boulter added: “Abu Dhabi holds immense potential for IndiGo, and this launch is part of organic expansion within the Gulf for us, as we complement our domestic network with international connectivity. With these non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and India, IndiGo operates 63 daily non-stop flights between the Middle East and India.”

The carrier already flies to Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE and Doha and Muscat and flights to Kuwait will be launched this week, and it will fly to Saudi Arabia from November and Hong Kong in December.

In early 2019, IndiGo plans to start flights to London with an Airbus A321 aircraft stopping at a mid-point and will also launch other international destinations like Kuala Lumpur from Bangalore and Delhi from 15 November.

The airline has also launched its 13th and 14th international destinations in the shape of Male from Kochi (daily), Mumbai (five-weekly) and Bengaluru (twice weekly) and Phuket in Thailand from Delhi (six-weekly) – all starting next month.

IndiGo operates a fleet of 189 Airbus A320 and 12 ATR aircraft, and offers over 1200 daily flights and connects 48 domestic destinations and 11 international destinations. It has 400 more aircraft on order.