Budget carrier IndiGo is all set to begin its first service to Europe. The one-stop flight service will launch in six months.
According to Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo, its flight to Europe will focus on providing comfort to the flyers during the long eight hours journey. Extra snacks, new business class, and enough food at affordable cost is the airline’s promise. Although there is no information available about the model of the aircraft IndiGo will use for this new route, reports say that IndiGo will redesign some of its flights for the purpose.
IndiGo is already offering flights to Istanbul, Turkey. According to Dutta, the profit of the airline business depends on the length of flying.
The success of the service is unpredictable, according to experts. The market between Europe and Asia is now led by airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, and British Airways. Not all airlines are lucky when it comes to Euro-Asia flights. AirAsia Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle are two players who suffered loss earlier when they tried intercontinental routes. Players like Singapore Airlines succeed in the market due to the premium services they offer, primarily through amenities such as leather seat, additional carry-on bags, charging facility for gadgets, welcome drink, alcohol, and more legroom.
IndiGo has to match the quality of services provided by the leaders to win the Euro-Asia market. The airline will also have to stay mindful about the fuel charges. IndiGo may follow the footsteps of its competitor, SpiceJet, which is now offering premium seats. There is no information about the cost it intends to charge for the route. IndiGo also wants to operate one-stop flights to cities like London from New Delhi, while flying non-stop to countries like China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Russia.
Currently, IndiGo operates 53 domestic flights and 18 international flights. IndiGo has also planned to deploy its crew to international routes.