New Delhi: 17 Milestones on IndiGo’s 17th Anniversary

An IndiGo Airbus approaches with wheels down.
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Earlier this month, New Delhi-based IndiGo celebrated its 17th birthday. To celebrate this, the airline highlighted 17 milestones that have taken place in its history.

Commenting on its 17th birthday was CEO Pieter Elbers:

IndiGo‘s 17th anniversary is a testament to the unwavering support and trust our customers have placed in us.”

“We take immense pride in these extraordinary achievements and strive to continue redefining the aviation landscape.”

“As we celebrate this significant milestone, we extend our gratitude to our customers and partners.”

“These achievements over the years have been made possible by the unwavering dedication and professionalism of our 6E stars, for which I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of them.”

“Going forward, we remain committed to our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experience across a wide network.”

“It is the belief of our passengers that help us soar towards new heights and across new frontiers.”

The 17 Milestones for New Delhi’s IndiGo…

New Delhi: 17 Milestones on IndiGo's 17th Anniversary
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Via its press release, the New Delhi-based carrier unveiled the following 17 milestones that have taken place over the last 17 years:

  • IndiGo’s inaugural flight operated from Delhi to Guwahati, creating a new milestone in domestic
    connectivity August 4, 2006
  • IndiGo introduced the pioneering concept of using ramps for boarding and deboarding in August
    4, 2006, enhancing passenger convenience and safety
  • The 17th domestic destination, Ahmedabad, was added to IndiGo’s expanding network on January
    29, 2008, opening up new travel opportunities
  • IndiGo reached a major milestone by launching its first international flight to the dazzling city of
    Dubai on September 1, 2011
  • In August 2015, the airline introduced the groundbreaking Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), becoming
    the first in the region to embrace digital solutions for operational efficiency
  • IndiGo embraced the cutting-edge A320neo aircraft, with registration VT-ITC (MSN 6799), on March
    10, 2016, actively participating in revolutionizing fuel efficiency and passenger experience
  • The airline’s first ATR aircraft, registered as VT-IYA (MSN 1457), took to the skies on November 17,
    2017, solidifying its regional presence
  • IndiGo achieved the historic milestone of becoming the first Indian carrier to operate 1000 flights
    a day on December 22, 2017, showcasing unmatched operational prowess
  • The airline ventured into the Udan scheme, launching the Kochi to Hubballi route in January 2018,
    making air travel accessible to more regions
  • IndiGo proudly unveiled its first A321 aircraft on December 27, 2018
  • IndiGo expanded its horizons with the addition of Jeddah as its 17th international destination on
    June 8, 2019, connecting cultures across borders
  • IndiGo became a trailblazer in the industry by pioneering the launch of a pilot program for IATA
    travel pass on August 3, 2021, revolutionizing international travel.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, IndiGo operated its maiden SAF fuel flight on
    February 18, 2022, from TLS to Delhi.
  • IndiGo led the industry by being the first airline to offer 3-point disembarkation effective August
    2022, further streamlining passenger movement
  • IndiGo added the picturesque city of Ras-Al-Khaimah as its 100th destination on September 22,
    2022, shortly after launching Bahrain as the 99th destination
  • IndiGo set a new record with the maximum number of 3 lac customers per day in May 2023
  • The airline’s ambitious order book made history on June 19, 2023, with the largest order in aviation
    history of 500 A320 aircraft, bringing the order book close to 1.000 aircraft and solidifying its
    position as the airline with the biggest order in the industry

From starting out in New Delhi to now operating over 1,900 flights per day, IndiGo has a lot to celebrate this month.

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