The airline is evaluating whether to place more orders for Boeing or Airbus aircraft as the expansion plan is being considered.
According to reports, low-cost carrier IndiGo is thinking about partnering with Turkish Airlines to increase its codeshare connectivity to the United States.
The announcement comes after the airline started using a Boeing 777 that was wet-leased from Turkish Airlines on flights between Delhi and Istanbul last month.
Civil aviation ministry
This was the first time the airline had wet-leased a Boeing aircraft. Last Monday, the airline said that the civil aviation ministry had given its blessing for it to wet-lease an additional two aircraft for use on the same route.
Questions about IndiGo’s new approval to wet lease aircraft to perform foreign flights have gone unanswered. Instead, the airline told reporters that it was concentrating on expanding its alliance with Turkish Airlines, enabling passengers to connect to flights to North America.
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“At the moment, our goal is to allow codeshare connection to the US and Canada through our collaboration with Turkish Airlines after the necessary application and approval process,” the statement continued.
To offer a smooth travel experience to places the airline does not already serve, codesharing enables an airline to book its passengers on partner carriers.
In addition, the airline stated that part of its strategy included catering its operations to provide access to a wider network, according to the Indian daily publication Outlook.
The carrier claimed: “We are continually looking into ways to meet client demand for air travel to other geographies. Planes can be leased with an operating crew and engineers under wet lease agreements. To address supply issues and prevent a substantial spike in airfares, airlines are often permitted to wet lease airplanes for brief durations.
CEO of IndiGo
Pieter Elbers, the CEO of IndiGo, reportedly told Outlook in an interview that the airline has always kept the possibility of using widebody planes open but he did not provide any other information.
Elbers stated, “IndiGo has never ruled out any choice. “There is a sizable order book with us. We have approximately 500 planes on order and continue to get deliveries. That portion will be the center of our attention. We do have the XLRs order, which will broaden IndiGo’s scope of operations.”
Airbus’s narrowbody planes have only ever been purchased by the airline. According to reports, the airline is almost ready to place more orders with the European aircraft manufacturer, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. Reuters claims that negotiations to update IndiGo’s fleet have increased the company’s choices to include mid-sized widebody aircraft, like the improved A330neo and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Other reportedly being taken into consideration are the A320neo and the Boeing 737 MAX. The airline reiterated that it is in discussions with manufacturers as it prepares for the subsequent expansion phase, but said that anything that has not been confirmed is merely speculative. The airline declared, “We do not comment on rumors and will share information as and when we get an update.
which has the most significant domestic market share in India and offers around 1,800 flights per day, is prepared to fly to additional foreign locations while concentrating on expanding its international operations.
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