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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/indigo-may-induct-wide-bodied-planes-to-fly-overseas-as-air-india-sale-in-slow-lane/articleshow/61759558.cms

IndiGo may induct wide-bodied planes to fly overseas as Air India sale in slow lane

Nov 22, 2017

IndiGo, which has shown interest in buying Air India's international operations, is actively considering alternate plans to induct at least 50 wide-bodied planes for overseas flights, said two people close to the development, as the divestment of the state-run carrier may take a while.

"Right now, it's an optimistic 50-50, but the processes are slow. The airline will wait for four-five months and then implement Plan B of inducting its own fleet of wide-bodied planes," said a person aware of the matter.

A second person confirmed initial discussions are on with Airbus. IndiGo currently has a fleet of 143 Airbus A320 and A320neo planes and an order for over 400 more. Both persons cited above confirmed that the order for wide-bodied planes would be over and above this.

The carrier has the option of ordering the 250-plus-seater Airbus A330-800neo, which has a list price of $255 million (Rs 1,658 crore). The airline would likely get deliveries of this from 2019, said the second person cited above.

Another option is the 270-seater A350-800 priced at $275 million (Rs 1,787 crore), which would be delivered after 2021. No decision has been made yet, both people said. The airline has in the past said it will shift to the outright purchase of planes from the sale and leaseback (SLB) model as the former is more cost-effective.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-IVA.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-IVB.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-IVE.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The speed of additions of the A320 neo is crazy. I am assuming that they are also removing the older A320. Or are they doing capacity additions?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet, as VT-IHN.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a very recent photo of VT-IHP with LZ Bulgarian registration. Not sure if they are to or from lesor.

https://flic.kr/p/2169p5c

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-IVD.
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a very recent photo of VT-IHP with LZ Bulgarian registration. Not sure if they are to or from lesor.

https://flic.kr/p/2169p5c

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet, as VT-IHN.


This bird is from BoCA (Bank of China Aviation).
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet, as VT-IHO.
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/indigo-commences-atr-operations-launches-first-hyderabad-mangalore-flight/articleshow/62192132.cms

IndiGo commences ATR operations, launches first Hyderabad-Mangalore flight

Dec 21, 2017

IndiGo today commenced its regional jets ATR operations, with the maiden flight taking off from here to Mangalore. The first flight of the ATR plane took off from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here this morning to Mangalore, the airline said in a release.

By December 2019, IndiGo, with its fleet of brand new 21 ATRs, would have connected about 15 tier-II and tier-III new cities on its network, thereby giving a big boost to regional connectivity, the airline's president and whole-time director, Aditya Ghosh, said in a statement.

"With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.

"The IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets," Ghosh said.

Elaborating on the expansion plan, IndiGo's chief commercial officer Sanjay Kumar said on January 7 and 9, the airline will be commencing its second and third ATR operations, adding Tirupati and Rajahmundry on the network respectively.

He also announced four new domestic flights from Hyderabad, which include an additional Hyderabad-Lucknow- Hyderabad flight, a new Hyderabad-Ranchi-Hyderabad flight, an additional Hyderabad-Jaipur flight and a new Hyderabad-Jammu via Jaipur flight.

IndiGo has placed a term sheet for 50 ATR aircraft. The airline is expecting to add seven ATR flights by March 2018 and 21 ATR planes to its fleet by December 2018, the release said.

In October, the airline had announced that it would be strengthening its network in the regional markets with over 90 flights to and fro Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai, Vijayawada and Nagpur, the release added.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-IVF.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: IndiGo ATR Review Reply with quote

Hi everyone.

I know I haven't been posting around here for a while but lurking for sure. Wanted to share the interesting experience with Indigo's first ATR flight yesterday. I loved the legroom.

https://lfal.in/IndiGoATR

Look forward to your feedback!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new ATR72-600 to the fleet today, as VT-IYB.
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indiGo to commence its 50th destination - Vijayawada, effective 02MAR18

[*] 3 daily Hyderabad-Vijayawada

6E7201 HYD0630 - 0735VGA AT7 D
6E7205 HYD1350 - 1455VGA AT7 D
6E7211 HYD2010 - 2115VGA AT7 D

6E7202 VGA1210 - 1310HYD AT7 D
6E7209 VGA1845 - 1945HYD AT7 D
6E7206 VGA2135 - 2235HYD AT7 D

[*] 1 daily Bengaluru-Vijayawada

6E7204 BLR1015 - 1150VGA AT7 D

6E7203 VGA0800 - 0935BLR AT7 D

[*] 1 daily Chennai-Vijayawada

6E7208 MAA1655 - 1825VGA AT7 D

6E7207 VGA1515 - 1635MAA AT7 D
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6E is also commencing their 49th destination - Colombo effective 20JAN18

[*] 2 daily Chennai-Colombo

6E1201 MAA0655 - 0815CMB 320 D
6E1203 MAA1200 - 1325CMB 320 D

6E1202 CMB0915 - 1100MAA 320 D
6E1204 CMB2030 - 2155MAA 320 D

[*] 1 daily Bengaluru-Colombo

6E1205 BLR1800 - 1930CMB 320 D

6E1206 CMB1425 - 1555BLR 320 D

6E will also increase Bengaluru-Chennai to 6 daily, Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam to 3 daily and commence nonstop Chennai-Agartala

6E196 BLR0525 - 0625MAA0800 - 1100IXA 320 D

6E438 IXA1140 - 1450MAA1555 - 1655BLR 320 D

6E208 BLR1730 - 1900VTZ 320 D

6E216 VTZ1930 - 2100BLR 320 D
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/indigo-commences-atr-operations-launches-first-hyderabad-mangalore-flight/articleshow/62192132.cms

IndiGo commences ATR operations, launches first Hyderabad-Mangalore flight

Dec 21, 2017



"With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.

"The IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets," Ghosh said.




All very well and good but rather pointless if this airline still does not provide seamless connectivity on its domestic routes and still expects its passengers to check in for the connecting leg during transit.
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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/indigo-commences-atr-operations-launches-first-hyderabad-mangalore-flight/articleshow/62192132.cms

IndiGo commences ATR operations, launches first Hyderabad-Mangalore flight

Dec 21, 2017



"With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.

"The IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets," Ghosh said.




All very well and good but rather pointless if this airline still does not provide seamless connectivity on its domestic routes and still expects its passengers to check in for the connecting leg during transit.


Do you have any evidence of that..? If you say so, for international connections with indiGo - then yes, I’d agree. But you keep spouting that as fact for all flights - to which even indiGo’s own website disagrees.
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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/indigo-becomes-first-indian-airline-to-operate-1000-flights-a-day/articleshow/62224863.cms

IndiGo becomes first Indian airline to operate 1,000 flights a day

Dec 23, 2017

IndiGo on Saturday said that it has become the first Indian airline to operate "1,000 plus flights in a day".

According to the airline, its flight 6E 185 from Mumbai to Kochi operated on December 22, 2017 became the 1,000th flight.

"IndiGo also took the delivery of its 31st Airbus A-320 Neo aircraft on the same day to join its ever growing fleet making the first Indian carrier with a 150 aircraft fleet," the company said in a statement.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All very well and good but rather pointless if this airline still does not provide seamless connectivity on its domestic routes and still expects its passengers to check in for the connecting leg during transit.


Do you have any evidence of that..? If you say so, for international connections with indiGo - then yes, I’d agree. But you keep spouting that as fact for all flights - to which even indiGo’s own website disagrees.


The evidence is in my own experience from last year.

I don't know if they have changed their policy. The Indigo website does not mention anything. Would appreciate it if you could show it to me.
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Do you have any evidence of that..? If you say so, for international connections with indiGo - then yes, I’d agree. But you keep spouting that as fact for all flights - to which even indiGo’s own website disagrees.


Actually they still don't.

https://www.goindigo.in/information/faqs.html

5. Can I interline my IndiGo flight with other domestic and/or international airlines?

IndiGo does not connect from one IndiGo flight to another or to other airlines and is not responsible for any losses incurred by passengers while trying to connect to or from other airlines or IndiGo flights.

On certain specific and select sectors, IndiGo offers connectivity between two IndiGo operated flight segments ("Connected Segments/Routes") (by way of example, Chennai Kolkata– Guwahati, in which case, Chennai is the point of origin, Kolkata, the point of transit and Guwahati, the final destination).

Any bookings with respect to the Connected Segments/Routes shall be required to be booked in advance and both segments in the the Connected Segments/Route shall be confirmed on the same PNR or Confirmation Number and will be identified by a single surcharge component.
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Indigo has added a new ATR72-600 to the fleet today, as VT-IYC.
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Indigo has wet-leased an A320 (LY-ONL) from Small Planet Airlines.
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Small Planet Airlines starts wet-leased operations for IndiGo
Full article on the link above

In 2015, I had written how IndiGo was doing a smart thing by converting its 30 A320ceo on order to the A320neo. Back then, it was assumed that Pratt&Whitney will deliver the Pure Power engines on time without glitches. Unfortunately, what has followed since has affected fleet expansion and fleet renewal plans of every airline which had the A320neo powered by PW engines on order.

IndiGo, today, started operations with wet-leased aircraft from Small Planet Airlines. A total of four A320s from Small Planet are now in New Delhi. LY-SPB, an 11 year old A320 which landed in Delhi on 25th November and has been idle for a month is the first to take to the skies flying as 6E 377 to Kolkata. The flight was delayed by close to two hours.

LY-SPA (15 years), LY-ONJ (7 years) & LY-ONL (7 years) are the other aircraft currently in India. All three flew in from Vilnius, Lithuania on 18th December, 29th November and 26th December respectively. These aircraft have all come from the Lithuanian subsidiary of Small Planet Airlines – which specialises in charter operations in Europe.
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IndiGo adds Sri Lanka service from late-Jan 2018

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo later this month (January 2018) plans to offer service to Sri Lanka, offering nonstop flights to Colombo on board Airbus A320 aircraft. Planned schedules as follow.

Bangalore – Colombo
eff 20JAN18 1 daily
6E1205 BLR1800 – 1930CMB 320 D
6E1206 CMB1230 – 1400BLR 320 3
6E1206 CMB1425 – 1555BLR 320 x3

Chennai – Colombo
eff 20JAN18 2 daily
6E1201 MAA0400 – 0530CMB 320 3
6E1201 MAA0655 – 0815CMB 320 x3
6E1203 MAA1005 – 1130CMB 320 3
6E1203 MAA1200 – 1325CMB 320 x3

6E1202 CMB0630 – 0755MAA 320 3
6E1202 CMB0915 – 1100MAA 320 x3
6E1204 CMB2030 – 2155MAA 320 D



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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-IHP.
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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-IHH.
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Indigo to fly to Europe from next winter

India’s most profitable airline IndiGo will launch low cost flights to major European cities from next winter- the first Indian airline to follow an increasing global trend of long-haul-low-cost operation. IndiGo has sought regulatory approval to operate flights to London, Paris, Hong Kong and Madrid from New Delhi with Airbus A330 aircraft.

According to a senior IndiGo official, the airline will initially start with direct flights to these cities and price them at least 30 percent lower than prevalent rate. “The low cost structure of IndiGo makes it ideal to offer a long haul service. An airline’s cost is primarily fuel burn, aircraft acquisition cost and labour cost all of which are one of the lowest for IndiGo,” he said. IndiGo’s expense of operating one seat for one kilometre (CASK) is Rs 1.94 while the same for its low cost rival SpiceJet is Rs 2.33. Among the global LCC majors, American airline Southwest burns Rs 3.52 while Ryan Air in Europe spends Rs 1.45.



https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indigo-fly-europe-from-next-winter-arindam-majumder/?trackingId=%2BKWGPsXNRAeqPk4iSNtoDw%3D%3D

So it is official now. Indigo will fly to Europe and Hong Kong from next winter. All the flights are from DEL.

I would really urge them to provide seamless connections and through check-ins on their network. It is one area where they are falling behind the competiton big time, IMO.
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https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/indigo-appoints-wolfgang-prockschauer-as-its-coo/1242145

IndiGo appoints Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as its COO

30 January 2018

IndiGo today announced the appointment of Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as its Chief Operating Officer.

He will oversee flight operations, maintenance, engineering, in-flight and airport services for the airline.

"I am very pleased to take up this new role at IndiGo and excited to be part of the dynamic team which has delivered such a consistent product for more than a decade," Prock- Schauer was quoted as saying in a statement.

"I look forward to working with the team in areas that can strengthen IndiGo's operations," he said.

Prock-Schauer, who was the CEO of GoAir for over two years in his previous stint, has more than 36 years of experience in civil aviation.

He has held senior leadership positions with Jet Airways, Austrian Airlines, British Midland International and Air Berlin.

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Indigo to fly to Europe from next winter

India’s most profitable airline IndiGo will launch low cost flights to major European cities from next winter- the first Indian airline to follow an increasing global trend of long-haul-low-cost operation. IndiGo has sought regulatory approval to operate flights to London, Paris, Hong Kong and Madrid from New Delhi with Airbus A330 aircraft.

According to a senior IndiGo official, the airline will initially start with direct flights to these cities and price them at least 30 percent lower than prevalent rate. “The low cost structure of IndiGo makes it ideal to offer a long haul service. An airline’s cost is primarily fuel burn, aircraft acquisition cost and labour cost all of which are one of the lowest for IndiGo,” he said. IndiGo’s expense of operating one seat for one kilometre (CASK) is Rs 1.94 while the same for its low cost rival SpiceJet is Rs 2.33. Among the global LCC majors, American airline Southwest burns Rs 3.52 while Ryan Air in Europe spends Rs 1.45.



https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indigo-fly-europe-from-next-winter-arindam-majumder/?trackingId=%2BKWGPsXNRAeqPk4iSNtoDw%3D%3D

So it is official now. Indigo will fly to Europe and Hong Kong from next winter. All the flights are from DEL.

I would really urge them to provide seamless connections and through check-ins on their network. It is one area where they are falling behind the competiton big time, IMO.


Will they charge for meals like they do in domestic routes. Also they don't have any interlining with any airline so have to rely primarily on O & D from India. And yes they don't have good seamless connections and have to improve it vastly. LHR will be a problem, since they don't have any slots, perhaps they may try to fly to LGW.
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Will they charge for meals like they do in domestic routes. Also they don't have any interlining with any airline so have to rely primarily on O & D from India. And yes they don't have good seamless connections and have to improve it vastly. LHR will be a problem, since they don't have any slots, perhaps they may try to fly to LGW.


How are they going to cut costs? They will still have to spend on crew layover. If they charge for meals, they rather include it in the ticket as almost everyone will buy, unless you expect passengers to pack "aloo puri" with them. One thing they can do is reduce the meal choices, if that saves some money. Interline arrangements can be done anytime before resumption of flights.

Any idea if Air Asia X or Norwegian have meals included in the ticket? Good they are early takers of this new trend of low-cost global airlines.

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Norwegian - does NOT include meals in the ticket for the base level. For the BOS-LGW ticket that I recently booked, the LowFare was $169, LowFare+ was $249.

LowFare+ = LowFare + Seat choice + 1 piece of checkin luggage + free meals.

If anyone does book Norwegian, using the Norsk language choice the fare is around 20% lower than using English.
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Will they charge for meals like they do in domestic routes. Also they don't have any interlining with any airline so have to rely primarily on O & D from India. And yes they don't have good seamless connections and have to improve it vastly. LHR will be a problem, since they don't have any slots, perhaps they may try to fly to LGW.


I believe meals will be included with the ticket price. Don't know about alcohol though.

And they are going to be flying to LGW and ORY, to avoid the higher charges in LHR and CDG.

They are most certainly going to rely on the cheap VFR crowd (to London) and the 'Europe in two weeks for INR 150,000' package tour types (to Paris and others).

I really wonder what their seating config is going to be though. I sincerely hope they don't go the Air Asia X way and put in 3-3-3 in Y.
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for interline, you have AA at LGW and Easyjet at ORY. Enough for North America and Europe bound passengers. Don't know whether Norwegian will connect to NA directly or via their hub. Else, a very good option.

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I think Indigo will need to offer a base Veg snacks meal for free (otherwise people will pack all sorts of crazy things). They can then sell upgrades to real meals and non veg meals.

Hopefully they join with AA & BA. One world needs a partner and I think Indigo would be a goof fit especially since OW has LEVEL airlines. Indigo should try and match them as much as possible. Maybe fly to BCN and connect to Level. So long haul low cost to long haul low cost. Plus OW has their LLC in BCN as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caliguy wrote:
I think Indigo will need to offer a base Veg snacks meal for free (otherwise people will pack all sorts of crazy things). They can then sell upgrades to real meals and non veg meals.



For a flight of 7 hours+ duration, they are going to have to serve a full meal and a pre-landing snack. It won't be a big drain on their profits if they include that in the ticket cost. They can sell special meals and alcohol if they wish.

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Hopefully they join with AA & BA. One world needs a partner and I think Indigo would be a goof fit especially since OW has LEVEL airlines. Indigo should try and match them as much as possible. Maybe fly to BCN and connect to Level. So long haul low cost to long haul low cost. Plus OW has their LLC in BCN as well



From BCN, Level flies only to BOS, EZE, LAX, OAK and PUJ. That's not very many destinations, and of these, only BOS, OAK, and LAX are likely to get any meaningful traffic from India. They fly to even fewer places from Paris ORY, the only meaningful destination from the Indian perspective from there being EWR.

From LGW they can partner with BA/AA/Vueling, Norwegian (including trans-atlantic routes), EasyJet and even Virgin Atlantic.

I don't know whether things have changed, but the last time I flew to LGW, I swore I would never use the airport again. It was absolutely shambolic and made the 1990s Sahar International look like it was run by Bavarians.
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Caliguy wrote:
I think Indigo will need to offer a base Veg snacks meal for free (otherwise people will pack all sorts of crazy things). They can then sell upgrades to real meals and non veg meals.



For a flight of 7 hours+ duration, they are going to have to serve a full meal and a pre-landing snack. It won't be a big drain on their profits if they include that in the ticket cost. They can sell special meals and alcohol if they wish.

Caliguy wrote:
Hopefully they join with AA & BA. One world needs a partner and I think Indigo would be a goof fit especially since OW has LEVEL airlines. Indigo should try and match them as much as possible. Maybe fly to BCN and connect to Level. So long haul low cost to long haul low cost. Plus OW has their LLC in BCN as well



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Quite likely oneworld may approach Indigo to join. And for Indigo it would be beneficial if they are planning to fly to Europe. As far as meals, they cannot afford to give more than one light meal, additional snacks/full meals will be a drain in profits, they will sell regular/special meals and snacks on board. AirAsia sells meals on all sectors including long haul. Not even water is free on AirAsia.
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Caliguy wrote:
I think Indigo will need to offer a base Veg snacks meal for free (otherwise people will pack all sorts of crazy things). They can then sell upgrades to real meals and non veg meals.



For a flight of 7 hours+ duration, they are going to have to serve a full meal and a pre-landing snack. It won't be a big drain on their profits if they include that in the ticket cost. They can sell special meals and alcohol if they wish.

Caliguy wrote:
Hopefully they join with AA & BA. One world needs a partner and I think Indigo would be a goof fit especially since OW has LEVEL airlines. Indigo should try and match them as much as possible. Maybe fly to BCN and connect to Level. So long haul low cost to long haul low cost. Plus OW has their LLC in BCN as well



From BCN, Level flies only to BOS, EZE, LAX, OAK and PUJ. That's not very many destinations, and of these, only BOS, OAK, and LAX are likely to get any meaningful traffic from India. They fly to even fewer places from Paris ORY, the only meaningful destination from the Indian perspective from there being EWR.

From LGW they can partner with BA/AA/Vueling, Norwegian (including trans-atlantic routes), EasyJet and even Virgin Atlantic.

I don't know whether things have changed, but the last time I flew to LGW, I swore I would never use the airport again. It was absolutely shambolic and made the 1990s Sahar International look like it was run by Bavarians.


Well Vuelving gives Indigo a ton of EU destinations to connect to in BCN. I actually think Indigo and Level could work well together because Level isn't huge at BCN. Have Level fly to cities with high BCN demand (and add to that connecting pax to India) and let Indigo fly to high India demand cities like EWR, ORD, SFO, DFW and adding on some BCN pax. It could become a win win. Virgin will not partner with Indigo since they are with 9W. The issue with LGW is that AA/BA don't offer a ton of flight and there is a shortage of slots. But I have always felt that Indigo could be AA/BA's LGW solution - meaning give them slots and let Indigo be the defense to Norwegian knowing many pax won't fly Indigo (protecting LHR for them)
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https://mediaindia.eu/aviation/indigo-plans-to-expand-to-europe-by-october-2018/

IndiGo plans to expand to Europe by October 2018

February 6, 2018

IndiGo is venturing into the global market, expanding its reach to various European cities in 2018, while also looking to fly to other countries not so far from India.

Interglobe Aviation, the operator of budget airline IndiGo, has sought the aviation ministry’s approval for flying to key European cities.

The airline hopes to start flying to the European cities of Frankfurt and Paris, and to Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham in the UK, starting October 2018, as part of its global expansion plans. There are also plans to reach Brussels, Rome, Milan and Zurich in 2019.

As per media reports, IndiGo said it is open to inducting aircraft such as Boeing’s 777 and 787 for its expanded international operations.

The largest Indian airline by passengers carried, IndiGo also plans to reach Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and the Middle East, and plans to use its existing update for some of these short-haul international destinations.

The airline is still waiting to reach Dubai and looking forward to a solution on preferential allocation of slots for Indian carriers at the airport there and waiting for any increase in bilateral rights.

IndiGo also shared its plan to induct Airbus 321s, which will be deployed on flights to Bahrain from New Delhi and Mumbai and to connect Chennai and Ahmedabad with Kuwait during the summer schedule, which begins in March and ends in October.

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