LONDON – According to the Financial Express in India, IndiGo is looking to lease up to four Boeing 777 aircraft to meet the shortfall in capacity offerings.
It is understood the carrier will be looking at taking some 777-200LRs and 777-300ERs, and are expected to be in service with the carrier in time for the Winter 2022 season.
An IndiGo spokesperson said the following about the decision:
“As an interim measure, we have decided to take on wet lease certain aircraft to cover the shortfall for our scheduled international operations.”
“We have received in-principal approval from the regulators, and the induction of these aircraft remains subject to further requisite regulatory approvals”.
“We are committed to exploring every opportunity possible to overcome these capacity challenges and provide our customers with efficient and affordable air travel,”.
Earlier this week saw, IndiGo announced plans to operate flights between Mumbai-Istanbul.
IndiGo, in a codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines, has enhanced this new direct flight operations, thus unlocking new opportunities for IndiGo in Turkey and beyond.
The new service between Mumbai and Istanbul will be operated on a daily basis and will capture a sizable market share on the LCC front as this will be the only no-frill carrier in the country offering non-stop flights on the long haul sector from Mumbai to Istanbul.
Newly announced IndiGo flights between Mumbai and Istanbul are scheduled strategically to attract more leisure and VFR travelers.
The IndiGo flight 6E17 on its outbound sector will depart Mumbai International Airport at 03:10 Local Time and arrive in Ras Al Khaimah in UAE at 05:10 for a 45 minutes refueling stopover before proceeding further and arriving in Istanbul at 10:00 Local Time, covering a total of 9 hours and 20 minutes flight time.
On the return leg, IndiGo flight 6E18 will depart Istanbul International Airport at 20:15 Local Time and will arrive in Mumbai non-stop at 05:00 Local Time, thus covering 6 hours and 15 minutes of flight time.
So, the question has to be asked: Will IndiGo be using the 777 on this particular route, or is it going to take more of a domestic-based approach?
Strong Expansion in the Middle East & Beyond…
As IndiGo embarks on the new journey of its network expansion in markets beyond the Middle East, it can be regarded as one of the bold moves by the carrier to choose its strategic codeshare with Turkish Airlines.
After conquering the majority of the Middle East with flights plying between major Indian hubs to Middle Eastern destinations, IndiGo has not left a stone unturned to capture market share beyond its domestic travelers.
To date, IndiGo offers more than 15 international connections out of Mumbai International Airport, the majority of which are focused on Middle Eastern traffic.
IndiGo has made its debut in the international markets in 2011 when it was granted a license to operate international flights beyond Indian borders.
The carrier has since then made promising decisions and achieved milestones with its remarkable ‘Look Middle East’ strategy connecting the majority of Indian Hubs like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad along with Tier 1 cities with major emphasis on ex-pat and working-class pax market in the southern region of India.
Under the current leadership of Pieter Elbers, IndiGo has embarked on new strategic maneuvers to scale more new routes with frequency updating in the domestic as well as international markets.
With a leading fleet size of more than 250 aircraft, IndiGo has been regarded as the first Indian airline to achieve this notable milestone.