LONDON – This week saw Indian carrier IndiGo approach the big number of 300 aircraft in their fleet. Let’s take a look further into this.
IndiGo is very close to achieving this number, following the delivery of three aircraft over the last couple of days.
The Latest Deliveries…
As per data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft delivered this month to IndiGo so far at the time of writing were:
- VT-IPL – Airbus A320neo
- VT-IBJ – Airbus A321neo
- VT-IRF – ATR 72
VT-IPL was delivered to IndiGo on January 4 via a delivery flight between Hamburg and New Delhi airports.
IGO9001 departed Hamburg at 0807 local time that day before arriving in New Delhi at 2100 local time.
VT-IBJ followed VT-IPL for IndiGo on the same day as IGO9002 between Hamburg and New Delhi.
IGO9002 departed Hamburg at 0820 local time and landed around five minutes after IGO9001 did at 2105 local time, marking a dual delivery for IndiGo.
VT-IRF joined the IndiGo fleet on January 4-5 and became the 38th ATR in the airline’s fleet.
With the tweet above in mind, IndiGo is only one more delivery away from achieving a fleet of 300 aircraft, which is broken down into:
- 154 A320neos
- 77 A321neos
- 36 ATRs
- 29 A320coes
- 2 A321 Freighters
Fleet Growth Is Evident Through Movement Numbers…
Over the years, the growth in IndiGo’s fleet has become evident through the number of movements they have achieved in comparison to previous years.
As per RadarBox, IndiGo handled 1,647 movements between January 1-8, which is an increase of 14.45% compared to the same period last year.
IndiGo remains comfortable at the moment, exceeding pre-COVID capacity by a staggering 201 movements.
Below is some data from IndiGo in the last four weeks of 2022:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2021 Numbers||2022 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)|
|December 3-10||1479 movements||1520 movements||1622 movements||+6.71%|
|December 10-17||1476 movements||1511 movements||1649 movements||+9.13%|
|December 17-24||1478 movements||1541 movements||1643 movements||+6.22%|
|December 25-January 1, 2023||1230 movements||1632 movements||1668 movements||+2.21%|
From the data observed above, it remains clear that IndiGo ended 2022 with steady success, with data from the first few weeks of 2023 expected to be in the growth perspective of double-digits.
What will be interesting to observe is the airline’s data at the end of January when we have data based on the first four weeks of the year, and what signs will be indicated for the rest of the year as a result.
It remains clear that IndiGo is in a good position at the moment, and as they continue to receive deliveries of new aircraft, more routes will open up, and success will be greater moving forward.
All eyes will be on the carrier to see where else they choose to operate into, as well as their cargo business, which is beginning to grow in volume.
IndiGo can now think about a prosperous future and where exactly that will take them as one of the largest low-cost carriers in the region.