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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-indigo-airlines-to-induct-ten-fuel-efficient-a-320-neos-this-fiscal-2137412


IndiGo Airlines to induct ten fuel efficient A-320 Neos this fiscal

22 October 2015

IndiGo will induct 10 fuel-efficient A-320 Neos this fiscal to its aircraft fleet and expects the company's low-cost structure to deliver improved profitability in the coming years.

In the next fiscal (2016-17), IndiGo would induct 23 more Neos and an additional 20 Neos in 2017-18 financial year. It aims to become an all-Neo fleet airline by FY-2022.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/indigo-bars-woman-in-short-dress-from-flight/

IndiGo bars woman in ‘short dress’ from flight

October 29, 2015

A woman passenger was not allowed to board an IndiGo flight from Mumbai to New Delhi on Monday morning as staff members of the private airline found her “inappropriately dressed”. According to co-passengers, the woman, who was wearing a dress, missed her flight, though she was accommodated on a later flight after she reportedly changed into trousers.

While IndiGo confirmed the incident, it said the woman was stopped in accordance with a “specific dress code” that applies to its employees and their family members when they travel using the “staff leisure travel privileges” offered by the airline. While the woman is a former IndiGo employee, her sister is a current employee of the airline.

According to a co-passenger, Purabi Das, who was on the same Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Mumbai, the woman was scheduled to catch a connecting flight to New Delhi at 6:20 am. The Qatar Airways flight landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 2:40 am on Monday.

“While I was waiting for my connecting flight, I heard a commotion and found her (the woman passenger) crying. There were three IndiGo employees who had refused to let her board her flight. They said she was not wearing appropriate clothes,” said Das.

“Nobody raised any objection at the Doha airport. She was not indecently dressed. She was wearng a frock that ended above her knee,” added Das.

Another passenger, Devyadutt Sahu, alleged that the airline staff told him that he would not be allowed to board his flight if he tried to intervene in the matter. “When we took up the matter with officials at the check-in counter, an employee attempted to harass me, saying my hand luggage was beyond the permissible limit, and that I could carry only one bag for check in,” he said.

Later, the woman passenger reportedly changed into trousers. Sahu and Das lodged a complaint with the airline’s customer service

department, but were reportedly told that the staffers were following protocol.

In an e-mail reply to The Indian Express, IndiGo said the woman passenger was familiar with the policy. “We regret that an IndiGo passenger (who happens to be an ex IndiGo employee and a family member of a current employee) experienced an untoward behaviour at the Mumbai airport… As per the guidelines outlined, employees and the nominated family members are required to maintain a specific dress code, as and when they fly with the airline under the staff leisure travel privileges. Keeping in mind this policy, the Mumbai ground staff followed the protocol to brief this passenger on the dress code policy,” said the airline.

The airline said its senior managers in Delhi and Mumbai took the woman’s feedback. “This matter will be thoroughly investigated and the staff will be further sensitised via focused learning workshops,” it said.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone enlighten me as to what a 'convenience fee' is? Why does 6E charge it? Do others charge it as well? AI does not.

Airfare Charges INR 4 , 250 .00
Development Fee (DF) INR 114 .00
Government Service Tax INR 238 .00
Passenger Service Fee (PSF) INR 298 .00
User Development Fee (UDF) INR 313 .00
Convenience Fee (CCF) INR 300 .00
Total Fare INR 5 , 513 . 00

and while we are at it, what is the difference between Development fee (DF) and User Development Fee (UDF)?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a 'convenience fee' is? Why does 6E charge it? Do others charge it as well? AI does not.



9W always does when booked on their site. I always thought it was some processing fee for booking online, like for their reservation system or issuing e-ticket or something. They even deliver the tickets home on COD, so I thought maybe for that also, but I guess not.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a 'convenience fee' is? Why does 6E charge it? Do others charge it as well? AI does not.


When you pay by a net banking / credit or debit card, the bank charges a small processing fee to the merchant, usually 0.5% to 1.5% in case of debit card / net banking and 1% to 2.5% in case of credit card (that's why 6E charges INR 150 for one way, credit card payment & INR 75 for one way, net banking payment). Convenience fee basically recovers this fee, plus obviously the maintenance & development expenses for maintaining servers & website /app (not sure if they are allowed to do so or not - not just airlines but any other merchant).

AFAIK, 6E, 9W, SG & G8 charge it for sure, while AI does not.

Most travel portals charge it as well - usually higher than what airlines charge, and so does IRCTC - 1.2% / 1.5% / 1.8% + some fixed amount (INR 10 or something) depending on the gateway you choose - that's because contracts with each bank would have different agreed rates).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can confirm AI website does not charge this, but many other websites do, including the airlines and some OTAs.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaydeep wrote:
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a 'convenience fee' is? Why does 6E charge it? Do others charge it as well? AI does not.


When you pay by a net banking / credit or debit card, the bank charges a small processing fee to the merchant, usually 0.5% to 1.5% in case of debit card / net banking and 1% to 2.5% in case of credit card (that's why 6E charges INR 150 for one way, credit card payment & INR 75 for one way, net banking payment). Convenience fee basically recovers this fee, plus obviously the maintenance & development expenses for maintaining servers & website /app (not sure if they are allowed to do so or not - not just airlines but any other merchant).

AFAIK, 6E, 9W, SG & G8 charge it for sure, while AI does not.

Most travel portals charge it as well - usually higher than what airlines charge, and so does IRCTC - 1.2% / 1.5% / 1.8% + some fixed amount (INR 10 or something) depending on the gateway you choose - that's because contracts with each bank would have different agreed rates).


Thank you for the explanation. I knew this fee existed everywhere, just didn't know it was called 'convenience fee'.

Do you know what Development fee and User development fee are?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do you know what Development fee and User development fee are?


USF/ ADF etc. are all fees charged by the new private airports to fund their construction/ operations. Allowed by the Govt. of India, and a part of their contract when they took on the project. Of course another part of the same contract is that anywhere to 45% of their revenues go directly to AAI - so the money indirectly flows back to fund the inefficient and ineffective AAI - which is losing money as it no longer runs these new private/ metro airports.
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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/NtCfD9cvbl3QYgvSm95s7I/Qatar-Airways-CEO-says-keen-on-2-billion-IndiGo-stake.html

Qatar Airways CEO says keen on $2 billion IndiGo stake

Nov 08 2015

Qatar Airways said it’s keen to take a stake in Indian discount airline IndiGo once shares start trading following an initial public offering, (IPO) after plans for a direct investment were frustrated by local regulations.

The second-biggest Gulf airline could seek a maximum 49% of IndiGo—valued at $2 billion based on the IPO price—to boost its exposure to one of the world’s fastest-growing travel markets, chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said Sunday in an interview at the Dubai Air Show.

The sale of a 10% IndiGo stake in October’s IPO raised about Rs.3,000 crore ($456 million), valuing the airline at $4.2 billion and making it the third-largest low-cost airline in Asia, with a value five times that of Jet Airways and nine times that of SpiceJet, the other two listed Indian airlines.

“I couldn’t take a stake in IndiGo because the Indian authorities have restrictions on airlines taking part in IPOs of an airline,” Al Baker said. “The process to do it would have taken a long time and they were in a hurry. If we can go up to the 49% that’s allowed, we’d like to go as much as that.”

Al Baker said it’s “crazy” that Qatar Air faces having to pay more for the same stock after the IPO, adding: “What difference does it make?” The variation in cost will be seen “when and if purchase happens, he added.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Qatar Airways CEO says keen on $2 billion IndiGo stake


Quite stupid IMO - an announcement like this will keep the 6E stock price artificially inflated as folks look for QR to pay top $ to buy 6E shares! QR should have just kept quiet and gone about buying the shares as allowed by the Indian regulators.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it that 6E will have a bunch of routes pointing to one direction (DOH) if/when this goes through?

A familiar tale, this.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering that 6E is a Low Cost Carrier, I don't see how they'll be able to align with QR at DOH, like 9W does at AUH.
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QR is better off talking about taking stake in AI than in 6E Twisted Evil !
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http://www.livemint.com/Money/fwZSmna9q1D8cKFLPiglPN/IndiGo-shares-gain-over-17-on-listing.html

IndiGo shares gain over 17% on listing

Nov 10, 2015

Shares of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd opened 13.33% higher from the issue price of Rs.765 per share, following the robust response the company which runs India’s largest and most profitable airline, IndiGo, received to its initial public offer (IPO) last month.

At 10am, shares of IndiGo started trading on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) at Rs.867 per share. In intra-day trade, the stock touched a high of Rs.898, up 17.4%

The Rs.3,010 crore IPO, which closed on 29 October, was subscribed 6.14 times, as financial institutions and high networth individuals sought to tap the world’s fastest growing aviation market through the issue..

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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet as VT-IDO.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/IndiGo-evacuated-passengers-from-fire-break-out-side-says-DGCA-report-on-Kathmandu-incident-of-last-March/articleshow/49869809.cms


IndiGo evacuated passengers from fire break out side, says DGCA report on Kathmandu incident of last March


Nov 21, 2015

Aviation safety guidelines stipulate that in the event of a fire on an external part of an aircraft or near it on ground, passengers should be evacuated from the other side for safety reasons. But the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has found that IndiGo did not do this while evacuating passengers at Kathmandu airport last March when the aircraft's right side landing gear had a fire after landing.

The safety regulator has asked the airline to ensure that its pilots adhere to standard operating procedures in an emergency evacuation and also that its "procedure for arming and disarming doors" should be "in line with Airbus/aviation operators" of India.

The DGCA has listed the lapses and safety recommendation for IndiGo in its final report on an emergency evacuation carried out by the airline in Kathmandu on March 8, 2014. The low cost carrier's Airbus A-320 (VT-IEU) had flown into Kathmandu from Delhi with 176 passengers and six crew members. After landing safely, the plane reached the bay and the engines were switched off.

At that time, the ground crew observed smoke in the right main landing gear and informed the pilot of fire in one of the wheels. The pilot asked for emergency evacuation which was carried out by the crew. While no one was hurt, the airline reported this incident to the regulator which started a probe into it and has now made public its final report.

"The cabin crew deployed escape slides where the fire had occurred as their decision was influenced by the pilot in command (PIC). Further the cabin crew were not able to handle passengers during evacuation as number of passengers evacuated with the cabin baggage... The cabin crew followed the PIC instructions and without assessing the external conditions deployed the escape slides on the same side where the fire had actually occurred," the report by DGCA's deputy director (air safety) A X Joseph says.

Aircraft safety manuals, found in seat pockets, advise passengers not to go down the emergency slide with either healed footwear or hand baggage.

"It was observed from videos released after the incident that passengers had evacuated from the right side where the fire had occurred and also were seen evacuating on escape slides with the cabin's luggage... it is inferred that the cabin crew action reflected poor assessment of situation as their actions were not in accordance with their approved safety manual," it says.

"As per IndiGo existing procedure, the door slides are disarmed during taxi and not after the aircraft is parked on the bay. Hence after the PIC made the evacuation command, cabin crew had to arm all the doors again and then deploy the escape slides for evacuation. This practice is also not as per the recommended manufacturer procedures for disarming the doors," the report says.

The regulator has given safety recommendation for IndiGo which ask it to ensure PICs adhere to standard operating procedure for emergency evacuations and don't influence cabin crew at that time. It has asked the airline to bring its procedures for arming and disarming doors in line with Airbus standard. IndiGo has been asked to have cabin crew trained in a way that they can do crowd control during an emergency and that they must assess the external conditions before commencing evacuation.

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6E adds nonstop TRV-DEL, 2nd daily MAA-TRV, 3rd daily BLR-AMD & 2nd daily nonstop BLR-VTZ eff 07JAN
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IndiGo is most Googled airline by Indians in 2015

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/indigo-is-most-googled-airline-by-indians-in-2015-spicejet-is-2nd/article8005316.ece
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http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/delivery-of-airbus-a320neo-aircraft-to-be-delayed-says-indigo-115121900420_1.html

Delivery of Airbus A320neo aircraft to be delayed, says IndiGo

December 19, 2015

IndiGo has said that deliveries of Airbus A320neo aircraft will be delayed. India's largest airline by market share had ordered 430 planes of the kind and was expecting the first to be delivered on December 30.

"At this time, IndiGo does not have a clear visibility of its future A320neo delivery schedule and the potential for additional delays exist. We are looking at mitigating the potential shortfall in capacity through other options," the airline said in a notification to the stock exchange.

The carrier added that it had received an update from Airbus that delivery of the first aircraft will be delayed due to "industrial reasons."

Earlier this month, a report in aviation magazine Air Transport World said pointed out that unresolved issues connected with the aircraft's geared turbofan engine was the reason for delay and last minute swap in launch customer for the aircraft. The engine is made by Pratt & Whitney and promises 15% lesser fuel burn.


IndiGo declined to comment on the Air Transport World report.

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IndiGo's first A320NEO, the future VT-ITC


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http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-after-air-india-jet-airways-now-indigo-joins-100-plane-fleet-club-2159308

IndiGo joins 100-plane fleet club

24 December 2015

IndiGo on Thursday said it has raised its fleet size to 100 with the induction of a new Airbus A320, making it the third domestic airline to have as many planes.

Till now, only state-run Air India and Naresh Goyal- promoted Jet Airways had over 100 planes in their fleet. IndiGo took delivery of the 'VT-IDR' aircraft to join its ever growing fleet on Wednesday, the company said in a release issued here.

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Impressive Achievement by INDIGO. 100 not out.
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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-IDR.
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IndiGo Files Doha Operation from Mar 2016

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has filed proposed schedule for new service to Qatar, tentatively scheduled to begin on 29FEB16. The airline is planning Delhi – Doha operation on daily basis, with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Proposed schedule as follow.

6E041 DEL2230 – 0025+1DOH 320 D
6E042 DOH0100 – 0710DEL 320 D


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More new flights from indiGo this Jan




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Ha ha… While their peers try and grab headlines in the press for adding minuscule number of flights/capacity, 6E silently adds tons of them without too much publicity.
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IndiGo Files Doha Operation from Mar 2016


IndiGo Removes Planned Doha Schedule due March 2016

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo in last week’s schedule update has removed planned operational schedule to Qatar, previously reported on Airline Route on 31DEC15.
The airline previously filed a proposed schedule on Delhi – Doha route, that would see the airline operating daily service with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Previously proposed schedule that would commence on 29FEB16, as follow.

6E041 DEL2230 – 0025+1DOH 320 D
6E042 DOH0100 – 0710DEL 320 D



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So what happened to DOH? I really think IAG should invest in Indigo and bring them into OW. India will always be a big market for BA (and really should be for AA). All Indigo needs to do is add Euro business class. Add a few inches of pitch to first 4 rows, keep middle seat empty and adjust number of rows depending on business class pax. Give a free meal (hell let them chose one free buy onboard). For most India flights that is enough.
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So what happened to DOH? I really think IAG should invest in Indigo and bring them into OW. India will always be a big market for BA (and really should be for AA). All Indigo needs to do is add Euro business class. Add a few inches of pitch to first 4 rows, keep middle seat empty and adjust number of rows depending on business class pax. Give a free meal (hell let them chose one free buy onboard). For most India flights that is enough.


First off, DOH and 6E is not going anywhere. The plan is to use the more fuel-efficient A320neos on such routes (longer than 3hrs+), and since the A320neo deliveries have slipped, 6E has had to shelve the plan for a while. I still do expect to see DOH come online by end-2016.

Second off, the strategy you speak of, is completely antithetical to what indiGo wishes to do. Creating a seperate sub-fleet of a/c to do a few routes on IAG's bidding will add costs to 6E, which as you might know, strives to keep costs to the absolute BARE minimum (i.e - limited hot food available, paid add-ons, slimline seats, no difference in product over short-haul and medium haul flights). This is also the same reason why 6E doesn't want to bring in the A321neo. It will be detrimental to 6E's interests.
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Indigo has added another pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-IDP.
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indiGo adds 3rd daily Dubai-Delhi eff 10FEB

6E47 DEL0235 - 0445DXB 320 D

6E48 DXB0545 - 1045DEL 320 D
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IndiGo announced an agreement Fox Star Studios to conduct brand integration as well as marketing for the studio's upcoming 'Neerja' film (livemint.com, 06-Feb-2016). The airline will host early screenings of the film for crew and some passengers, will promote the film on social media and will include advertising material for the film on its website.
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IndiGo Plans Additional Domestic Service from late-Feb 2016

India’s low-cost carrier IndiGo in the second-half of February 2016 plans to introduce additional flights for domestic market. Planned new service starting 18FEB16 as follow.

Delhi – Chandigarh NEW 1 daily flight
Delhi – Lucknow NEW 8th daily flight
Jaipur – Pune NEW 1 daily flight (Pune departure on 19FEB16)


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More new flights from indiGo effective March 1

6E new flights by abhi1700, on Flickr

6E will also add a redeye BLR-TRV from March 1 (the PNQ-BLR legs are existing flights, therefore the BLR-TRV is an extension of the same)

6E103 PNQ2215 - 2340BLR0020 - 0130TRV 320 D

6E408 TRV0330 - 0440BLR0530 - 0650PNQ 320 D

6E will also add it's 40th destination, Dehradun effective March 1. Dehradun will be served thrice daily from Delhi, with each daily being extended onto Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

6E194 BOM0750 - 1000DEL1040 - 1140DED 320 D
6E692 HYD0940 - 1155DEL1250 - 1345DED 320 D
6E146 BLR1325 - 1610DEL1640 - 1735DED 320 D

6E679 DED1210 - 1310DEL1405 - 1610HYD 320 D
6E169 DED1415 - 1515DEL1600 - 1805BOM 320 D
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does this silly airline not offer through check in for transits inside India?

One has to deplane, collect one's baggage and check in again in the transiting airport when flying Indigo.

Seriously, will offering so basic a service eat into their bottomlines much?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
Why does this silly airline not offer through check in for transits inside India?


They don't have this as a business model, how many such pax are there in the first place (as a ratio)?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

abhijith16 wrote:
More new flights from indiGo effective March 1

6E will also add a redeye BLR-TRV from March 1 (the PNQ-BLR legs are existing flights, therefore the BLR-TRV is an extension of the same)

6E103 PNQ2215 - 2340BLR0020 - 0130TRV 320 D

6E408 TRV0330 - 0440BLR0530 - 0650PNQ 320 D



TRV domestic terminal would have this as the only flight at night - hopefully, it will go to the international terminal, which is more convenient.

If 6E is going to do more red eyes, a BOM-TRV and DEL-TRV would make sense, IMHO. Analyzing the domestic city pair traffic from TRV, BOM seems to be the kind of underserved, and for DEL, a night flight maybe in conjunction with the incoming BLR aircraft, could be convenient?

A 11:00 Departure from DEL, for a 2:00 AM arrival and a 2:00 AM departure arriving at 5:00 AM, maybe?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IndiGo announces its 40th Destination with triple daily flights to Dehradun

Market leader IndiGo announced the launch of its 40th destination in its network and 35th domestic destination on 10th February. The airline will launch services to Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand from 1st March 2016.

The airline which has been in the news recently for the slide in its stock post announcement of its record breaking results, will launch the station with triple daily flights from its hub in New Delhi, which will extend to Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IndiGo announces its 40th Destination with triple daily flights to Dehradun
Ameya Sir, thank you for a nice write-up on Indigo's latest destination. Dehradun has been a station I have been watching with great interest since quite a while. And this is not because Dehradun was The Wife's parents' place for many years. Far from that connection, I haven't flown to Dehradun yet, in all these years.
- I remember Dehradun to have been a Vayudoot destination, operating from the shack that was Jolly Grant airport that time
- I remember the massive plans for the runway extension and airport refurbishment in the late 2000s, and the grndiose plans to even have a cargo hub at Dehradun, which of course, did not happen.
- I remember Air India regional launching flights with the ATR-42-300s.
- I remember discussing the capacity of operations with you, in detail: how Jet Airways ventured into using larger aircraft, while Air India has been a bit bullish on this, and ditto for SpiceJet.
- Dehradun is a medium traffic-good yield destination: the usual Indigo policy of multiple flights connecting a centre was not a surprise, in this regard. However, going by the yields, it was a slight surprise to see Indigo jumping into Dehradun a bit late, given that Indigo had launched a single flight operation into a solid NE destination before this, Dimapur, which had earlier been somewhat of a good earner for Air India. I wonder what the delay was about, since Indigo have some of the best brains at work, behind their operations.
- Air India cater to the large Govt traffic on this sector. The IMA, the defence labs, the Survey, the ONGC: all give it a good and steady clientele. I also wonder why Air India does not put a larger plane on the route. Not enough narrowbodies? Perhaps.
- SG have a better plane suited for the route: the fast turboprop. I guess they will feel the heat from Indigo owing to the larger aircraft and doubel frequency
- Where will that leave Jet? They had the largest aircraft till now, and a good clientele. My guess is that they will feel the heat as well.
- Dehradun seems to have the capacity to have more traffic. The 6 hour road-rail modes also almost go to capacity. Will this route see a price war?
Lots of questions Sir...and I know you may not like to answer all these on a public forum. Thank you for a really thought-provoking article!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please update me. Does DED has the capacity/runway length to take on A320?

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