Indigo Eyes A330neo and 787
The Indian Aviation sector has been one that has been clouded by mystery for the majority of the year. Airlines like Air India and Jet Airways have experienced rapid declines in traffic and have reported losses. On the other side, low-cost carriers like Indigo have risen through the ranks and continued to grow, taking advantage of the losses of other Indian carriers. In past months it’s been heavily rumoured that Indigo was eyeing the A330neo, now in a recent interview published by Reuters firm confirmation was given that this aircraft and the Boeing 787 are in contention for a possible order.
The Chief Commercial Officer of Indigo said to Reuters in Abu Dhabi “Wide-bodied aircraft are an aspiration, we have talked to manufacturers. We are looking at A330neo and Boeing 787.”
The airline has been opening up new routes every month to destinations across the Middle East, with notably new routes to Abu Dhabi and shortly Kuwait. Hong Kong flights will begin in December. However, the ultimate goal for Indigo is European operations. As the airline is India’s biggest low-cost carrier by market share they firmly believe that they can follow in the footsteps of other low-cost units and use their attractive business model to expand into currently untouched European destinations that will connect them with India. In addition, standard services into London and France are also on their radar. In fact, in new developments, the Indian low-cost unit announced they had plans to begin flights to London with the A321neo aircraft from 2019, however, these flights would have a stopover at currently an undecided location.
Indigo operate the A320 and A320neo with in addition the ATR72 working with the carrier for Indian operations. Their fleet though is set to expand even more in the single-aisle department with orders for the A321neo placed and still 350 A320neos awaiting delivery. This number means Indigo will be eventually the largest operator of the aircraft, closely following Indigo is Air Asia.