Oct 17: Low- cost carrier IndiGo has announced that they aim to add wide-bodied aircraft to their fleet. They also added that even though discussions are being held no correct timeline regarding this is out as the market conditions in India is difficult.
InterGlobe Aviation-owned IndiGo Airlines is facing a huge competition in the price-sensitive Indian aviation market. In the Indian aviation market, most of the companies are struggling to remain profitable even when they have a huge demand and 90 percent filling of seats.
Because of the high fuel prices and continued pressure on yields reflecting price competition, a steep fall in quarterly profit was reported by the company recently.
Willy Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer at IndiGo has been quoted as saying that the wide-bodied flights are among the companies and they are in talks with the manufacturers. The aircraft they are concentrating on is at A330neo and Boeing 787. No further details regarding this were stated.
IndiGo, based in Gurgaon have made announcements regarding direct flights from two South Indian cities, Kochi and Kozhikode. Both the flights will fly to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.
According to Willy Boulter, the airline has direct flights to Dubai, Sharjah, Doha, and Muscat in the Gulf. Apart from this direct flight to Kuwait will be launched this month. Flights to South Arabia and Hong Kong will be launched in November and December. He also revealed that IndiGo plans to start flights to London with Airbus A321 aircraft by 2019. Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, and Phuket include other international launch places for IndiGo in November.
In order to make use of the opportunities under bilateral agreements, IndiGo is working closely with the Government of India. Under the bilateral agreements, travel rights become available for additional markets. Expressing his confidence on bilaterals he said that the company has also applied for Europe and Asia.
With more than 400 aircraft on order, IndiGo fleet has around 192 carries. In November, the first set of Airbus A321neo carrier with 222 seats will be supplied.