March 22: As part of expanding its global reach, budget airline IndiGo has launched its Delhi-Istanbul services. The airline would use its expanding fleet of A320neo and A321neo aircraft to connect more Indian cities to countries like China, Vietnam, England, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, a report said. The Delhi-Istanbul flight will be operated by A321neo aircraft that has 222 seats.
The Delhi-Istanbul flight will connect 20 forward destinations using the codeshare pact signed with Turkish Airlines on December 21 last.
The company has reportedly lined up plans to fly into various destinations in South East Asia, particularly Vietnam and Myanmar. The airline also weighs options to tap the Saudi Arabia sector and China too. IndiGo has around 40 per cent domestic passenger market share.
According to reports, the company has realized that India has only five flights to China per week, while China operates 42 flights to India. IndiGo would want to look at balancing this by adding services to China. It is however not exactly known when the plans would reach fruition.
IndiGo, according to reports, would most probably add as many as 125 A321neo aircraft to its fleet over a few years’ time. This year it is expected to take delivery of 20-25 of these aircraft from Airbus.