As per a PTI source who reported the new development relating to IndiGo, the low-cost Indian carrier, might be looking forward to inducting a new A321Neo aircraft in its fleet. After almost a month’s delay, the airline will be receiving the delivery of this new aircraft with a new engine option which will allow it to begin its medium-haul international services. The source also added that IndiGo is likely to make the new addition to its fleet on Saturday this week.
First of the Large Streak of A321Neo Aircraft
It is worth noting that the low-cost carrier that boasts of having a fleet of more than 200 planes has A320Neos, A320S aircraft deployed in service, which are mostly short-range planes. Additionally, IndiGo also has a handful of ATRs at its disposal. Speaking about the new induction, the source quoted, “IndiGo’s first A321 Neo plane, which was to join the fleet late last month, will now be finally inducted on December 29.”
For the readers who might not be aware, the medium-haul international flights are those with up to six hours of fly time. The delivery of this new jet will now allow the no-frills carrier to carry out medium haul international travel.
On the same lines, to form the basis of its international expansion plan, IndiGo has also already signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines for seamless connectivity between India, Istanbul and beyond. The same will be applicable for Turkish airlines as well, who will have access to IndiGo’s destinations across India. Further, this codesharing agreement will ensure that the two airlines operate in sync to provide the best routes, best facilities and services and extensive connectivity options to the flyers between India, Istanbul and beyond.
IndiGo Signs Agreement With Turkish Airlines to Expand Internationally
Another noteworthy thing is that IndiGo has placed an order of 150 A321Neo aircrafts with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. As for the short-haul planes, the A320Neos, IndiGo has already received 59 out of the total 280 ordered aircrafts from Airbus. IndiGo had placed a total order of 430 A320Neos with Airbus over two iterations. The airline ordered 180 planes in 2011 and 250 more in 2015 with the European aviation giant. However, later IndiGo converted the order of 150 planes to A321Neos.
Currently, the carrier operates 1,300 daily flights to 52 domestic and 15 international destinations. The carrier has also announced that it would soon begin operations from the newly operational Kannur International Airport as well. Additionally, the carrier has announced plans to extend its network to Istanbul, Gatwick (London), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Yangon (Myanmar) as part of its international network expansion plans.