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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/IndiGo-plans-to-expand-fleet-by-33/articleshow/51002569.cms

IndiGo plans to expand fleet by 33%

Feb 16, 2016

IndiGo took under a decade to have a fleet of 100 aircraft and has now decided to expand its capacity by 33% of the current size in just a year. The low-cost carrier (LCC) will induct about 35 planes — a mix of Airbus A 320s and the plane's new engine option (Neo) version — by the end of fiscal 2016-17, at a rate of almost three planes every month. This is the fastest fleet augmentation in such a timeframe by an Indian carrier.

The growth plans of IndiGo, which has so far ordered 430 A320 Neos and was supposed to start getting them from December 2015, were hit when late last year Airbus informed its Neo customers that their deliveries would be delayed. "As of now, we are not sure of the revised A320 Neos delivery. We will induct 35 planes by end of March, 2017. About 33% of whatever we have done so far in the last 10 years will be done in the next 15 months," a senior airline official said. This clearly means the airline will pick up A320s already flying with other airlines from the leasers.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:50 am    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.


Sir. Thank you. Some answers.
I am sure the route will see price war and pressure on all existing and new carriers.
Jet with its newly launched BOM-DED will have some advantage in the market, but may not be able to command the yields that they would have, had 6E not been there in the market.

What 9W and CD did to IT in DED, 6E is doing to them
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier confirmed to ATW that India’s IndiGo will be the next customer to take delivery of the A320neo. ATW understands that Qatar Airways is now slated to become at least the third A320neo operator.

http://atwonline.com/airframes/lufthansa-takes-second-a320neo-first-neo-engine-issues-resolve-april
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Please update me. Does DED has the capacity/runway length to take on A320?
Yes, Aseem: for instance, Jet has been putting a B73H (B738 with winglets) on this route for a while. While no carrier has tried an A320 yet (AI: possibly for lack of enough narrow-bodies to depute on this route), I guess things should be more-or-less equivalent.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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?


Agree - my parents discovered this recently the hard way when they traveled PNQ-CJB and had to collect their bags in MAA. It never even occurred to me to check, I just assumed they would transfer bags like all normal airlines. I get that they are "low frills", but this is rather absurd given how many domestic connections they offer.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/aviation/cci-rejects-air-indias-complaint-against-indigo/story/229372.html

CCI rejects Air India's complaint against IndiGo

February 20, 2016

Competition Commission has rejected Air India's allegation of predatory recruitment ways made against no-frills carrier IndiGo's parent InterGlobe Aviation, saying the matter is more of an employment issue.

Observing that the complaint is more of an "employment issue than a competition issue", CCI said the issues being alleged do not raise any concern within the meaning of Competition Act.

Among others, Air India had alleged that InterGlobe has systematically indulged in predatory recruitment of its trained pilots, which has resulted in cancellation and delays of the national carrier's flights.

According to the national carrier, it invests heavily in training pilots.

"The allegations levelled against the opposite party (InterGlobe) do not seem to raise any competition concern in the market. An airline recruiting another airline's pilots will not bring about structural changes in the operations of the market," Competition Commission of India (CCI) has said.

With respect to the allegation that InterGlobe is violating DGCA directions, the Commission, in its order dated February 10, said there is no bar on Air India or any other airlines from recruiting pilots belonging to other carriers after seeking no-objection certificate from them.

This indicates there exists a flexibility with respect to the pilot recruitment, CCI noted.

As per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it is mandatory for pilots to obtain no-objection certificate and airlines must ensure that the pilots hired by them have to serve the required six month notice period.

Dismissing the complaint, the Commission said there is no case of contravening Section 4 of the Competition Act. Section 4 pertains to abuse of dominant market position.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Jet-IndiGo-to-move-operations-to-T2-at-Mumbai-international-airport/articleshow/51143947.cms

Jet, IndiGo to move operations to T2 at Mumbai international airport

Feb 26, 2016

While full-service carrier Jet Airways is scheduled to move its operations to the new integrated terminal, T2, at Mumbai international airport in March, the country's largest domestic airline, IndiGo, is expected to follow suit in the second half of the year.

T2, inaugurated in February 2014, currently handles all international flights and all flights operated by Air India and Vistara. Jet Airways will shift its operations from the domestic terminal 1B to T2 from March 15. "Indigo is currently in talks with the airport operator concerning the shifting of their operations to T2. The airline is likely to shift operations in six to seven months," said an airline source.

With this GoAir and SpiceJet will be the only two airlines that will operate from domestic terminals.

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Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet, as VT-IDQ.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/IndiGo-to-get-A320neo-from-March/articleshow/51187464.cms

IndiGo to get A320neo from March

Feb 29, 2016

IndiGo's long wait for the Airbus A320 new engine option or neo version is finally over. The airline on Monday said it would take delivery of 24 A320neo over next 13 months.

"Airbus has confirmed that beginning with March 2016, it will deliver 24 fuel efficient A320neo aircraft by March of 2017 as compared to the original plan to deliver 26 A320neos," the airline said in a statement.

"The new A320neo powered by Pratt and Whitney's fuel efficient geared turbo fan engines will enable us to structurally reduce our costs as fuel continues to be the single largest element of our cost structure. This also marks the beginning of the next phase of our growth and will enable us to make air transportation far more accessible for the people of India." said Aditya Ghosh, president and whole-time director of IndiGo.

IndiGo has also entered into leases for seven more used A320 aircraft which will be inducted between March and November of 2016. Overall, on a year-over-year basis, IndiGo expects to grow its fleet by 13 aircraft in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, followed by year-over-year increases of 11 aircraft in the first quarter, 21 aircraft in the second quarter, 27 aircraft in the third quarter and 24 aircraft in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, for the fourth quarter, year-over-year revenue is expected to increase by 6% to 8% and net profit will also be impacted due to the exchange rate movement in the Indian rupee versus the US dollar.

"With the resolution of the delivery of A320neos, IndiGo expects to continue with its strong operating performance, growth in profitability and healthy cash generation. India remains one of the most underpenetrated aviation markets in the world. The combination of our unique structural cost advantages, superb product quality and large fuel efficient aircraft orders, would enable us to deliver superior financial performance for a long period of time," Ghosh said.

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/mumbai-budget-airlines-refuse-to-shift-to-t2-terminal/articleshow/51220385.cms

Budget airlines refuse to shift to T2 terminal

Mar 02, 2016

Mumbai International Airport's plan to shift local airlines to its new terminal T2 is stuck in confusion and conflict, with all low-fare carriers demanding that they continue to operate out of the older terminal.

Senior executives at IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir told ET that none of them will move to T2 as it will be insufficient to cater to growing traffic. Senior executives at IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir told ET that none of them will move to T2 as it will be insufficient to cater to growing traffic.

Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) currently has two departure terminals, T1A and T1B, and one arrival terminal apart from T2. Air India and GoAir, which used to operate from T1A, have shifted to T2 and T1B respectively, leaving T1A empty.

MIAL has told airlines that it isn't cost effective to continue with both terminals. But airlines have opposed MIAL's plans to stop operating the older terminals, saying T2 will exhaust its passenger handling capacity in about
15 months.

If you talk about departures, which are the major concern, T1B currently handles 17 million passengers annually and T2 handles 18 million while its total capacity is 40 million.

But with domestic passenger growth at 12% and international at 9%, the total annual air passenger traffic in Mumbai will grow to 42 million in FY16, 47 million in FY17, 52 million in FY18, 58 million in FY19 and 64 million in FY20. That is when the new airport in Navi Mumbai is scheduled to be operational," said an airline executive who requested not to be named.

"With just one terminal operating, how will passengers be handled?" Sydney-based CAPA, or Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, estimates that the Mumbai airport with just T2 operational will saturate by the end of FY18.

MIAL started operating T2 on February 12, 2014 with foreign airlines. It had then said India's local airlines would shift to it by 2015. Vistara, which was launched last year, started operating from the new terminal.

Air India shifted its domestic operations in October and Jet Airways on Tuesday said it will shift on March 15.

IndiGo has so far been the most aggressive to oppose to MIAL's plan. The airline had at first said it should be allowed to operate out of the older terminals on its own. Later it tweaked its demand to say it was willing to share the terminal with one more ow cost airline.

"MIAL's stance in this is hat IndiGo will have to shift. It is, however, still uncertain about SpiceJet and Go Air," said a person close o the development. An email sent to MIAL didn't yield a response as of press time Tuesday.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IndiGo's third A320NEO, the future VT-ITE.


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http://echoofindia.com/port-blair-indigo-airline-soon-introduce-flights-port-blair-104528

Indigo Airline soon to introduce flights to Port Blair

3 Mar 2016

A technical team from Indigo Airline, who visited Port Blair for carrying out recce to plan their scheduled flights on Kolkata-Port Blair and Chennai-Port Blair sectors in the summer schedule 2016, met the Chief Secretary, Shri. Anand Prakash and the Secretary, Civil Aviation, Shri. N.K. Sharma today the 3rd March, 2016 and discussed their plan. The airline is planning to commence their domestic flights to Port Blair shortly. During the meeting the Chief Secretary also encouraged the team to look into the feasibility of starting international flights from Port Blair to destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Phuket which are in close proximity of Port Blair. The Chief Secretary and the Secretary, Civil Aviation assured the delegation to extend all support to the airline in their ventures.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Summary here : -

IndiGo Expands Domestic Service in March 2016

Indian carrier IndiGo in March 2016 is expanding operations on a number of domestic markets, with additional daily flight being added on trunk routes from Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Planned increase as follow.

NEW Route from 01MAR16:
Delhi – Dehradun NEW 3 daily flights with A320

NEW Frequencies:
eff 01MAR16 Bangalore – Thiruvananthapuram NEW 3rd daily flight
eff 01MAR16 Delhi – Bangalore NEW 12th daily flight (13th daily to be added from 24MAR16)
eff 01MAR16 Delhi – Chennai NEW 11th daily flight
eff 01MAR16 Kolkata – Delhi NEW 10th daily flight
eff 01MAR16 Kolkata – Jaipur NEW 3rd daily flight
eff 02MAR16 Hyderabad – Chennai NEW 7th daily flight
eff 15MAR16 Hyderabad – Jaipur NEW 2nd daily flight
eff 18MAR16 Delhi – Hyderabad NEW 10th daily flight
eff 18MAR16 Delhi – Nagpur NEW 4th daily flight


Source: Airlineroute.net
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^^ Oh, they are not done with that.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has taken delivery of it's first A320NEO, VT-ITC today (03/10).
ETA DEL 0700 (03/11)


https://twitter.com/IndiGo6E/status/707858239564566528
Big moment! IndiGo is accepting delivery of Asia’s first #ecofriendly @Airbus #A320neo today! #soproud #greenskies





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NEOs are coming

Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) with Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 6799 to be registered as VT-ITC will take off from Toulouse, France for its delivery flight to New Delh in a short while from now.

This will be the first Airbus A320neo which market leader IndiGo will induct in its fleet. While earlier deliveries were routed via Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, the neo will make a non stop flight to Delhi.

This marks the start of the delivery of the 430 aircraft which the airline has on order. Go Air is the other airline which has 72 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order. While Air India and Vistara would also receive the neo in due course of time.

IndiGo, the second operator of this type worldwide will take delivery of this latest fuel efficient aircraft on Friday, 11th March 2016 at New Delhi. This will be the airlines 103rd aircraft in fleet.

The airline had seen its stock plummet below its listing price after informing the bourses about delay in delivery of fuel efficient Airbus A320NEO aircraft. On 29th February, the airline informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it would receive 24 aircraft between March 2016 and March 2017, two short of what was initially promised by the manufacturer. Irrespective of this addition, the airline will go ahead and induct 07 older aircraft on lease from various lessors. The airline inducted VT-IDQ (MSN 2108), a 12 year old aircraft earlier this month.

The first of Airbus A320neo was to be delivered in the last quarter of 2015, was plagued by engine issues. The Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) engine – Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ PW1100G-JM is expected to reduce the fuel burn by over 15%. The delay in delivery was caused by teething issues with the engine, with reports indicating that the engine needed an idle time of 3 minutes after start-up before the aircraft would move on its own power. Qatar Airways & IndiGo had refused to take delivery till the hardware and related software problems were resolved, if reports are to be believed.

Eventually, Lufthansa then became the launch customer taking delivery of MSN 6801 which is registered D-AINA. Lufthansa has been operating the aircraft to Munich, Berlin & Hamburg from its Frankfurt hub.

It is unclear as to when IndiGo would start commercial utilization of the aircraft. The aircraft is also widely believed to have 186 seats, 3 less than what Airbus is now offering as its Space Flex concept where the galley is redesigned to accommodate higher seats. However, keep watching this space for more. The aircraft could well be configured in 180 seats.

The A320NEO have seen exceptional sales and currently has a backlog of 3344 A320neo, 1642 A321neo and 50 A319neo.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The NEOs are coming
Sir, first of all, thanks for being the first to report that ITC was coming in straight into India. The rumour mills had been abuzz with various theories on what the routing would be, and what the ETA would be, so that Delhi spotters would be able to capture the beauty in all her glory, when she touched down. Your post was the first to set things right. Thank you for the heads-up on the WhatsApp group, with your timely article, and the thoughtful analysis. It would have been really nice if you could have posted this on the AI.net forum immediately as well, since it gives a greater number of viewers a chance to read, and in my case, comment on the article, and put forth my question, as well. I guess you would have had Internet access limitations at that time.
The 3min time may not be that important right now, and I am sure fixes from P&W will be on the anvil soon, given that it is a software control issue. The flex-cabin concept is interesting: I will look forward to travelling on this type, as more come into service with Indigo, and Air India as well, hopefully soon.
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sumantra wrote:
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The NEOs are coming
Sir, first of all, thanks for being the first to report that ITC was coming in straight into India.Your post was the first to set things right. Thank you for the heads-up on the WhatsApp group, with your timely article, and the thoughtful analysis. It would have been really nice if you could have posted this on the AI.net forum immediately as well, since it gives a greater number of viewers a chance to read, and in my case, comment on the article, and put forth my question, as well. I guess you would have had Internet access limitations at that time.
The 3min time may not be that important right now, and I am sure fixes from P&W will be on the anvil soon, given that it is a software control issue. The flex-cabin concept is interesting: I will look forward to travelling on this type, as more come into service with Indigo, and Air India as well, hopefully soon.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Welcome Sir!

I think the 3 minute issue is not just software but requires some hardware changes too. To what extend this has been settled is not known yet.

Hopefully there will be enough NEOs to have a ride on them in Indian skies.

Let us see how it helps the airlines, 15% savings , but when the asset cost is higher, at a time when fuel is lower, but with teething troubles and with 6 seats extra to lower the unit cost. Interesting combination !
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Indigo has added a new (its second) A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-ITD.
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w.e.f 7th Apr 6E adds

2nd daily non stop BLR-GAU-BLR
1st daily non stop MAA-GAU-MAA
4th daily BLR-MAA-BLA

Neo rotations? Still some missing links from GAU...May be soon that will revealed..
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w.e.f 7th Apr 6E adds

2nd daily non stop BLR-GAU-BLR
1st daily non stop MAA-GAU-MAA
4th daily BLR-MAA-BLA

Neo rotations? Still some missing links from GAU...May be soon that will revealed..


MAA-BLR-MAA increases to 5 daily not 4.
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drpiru wrote:
w.e.f 7th Apr 6E adds

2nd daily non stop BLR-GAU-BLR
1st daily non stop MAA-GAU-MAA
4th daily BLR-MAA-BLA

Neo rotations? Still some missing links from GAU...May be soon that will revealed..


MAA-BLR-MAA increases to 5 daily not 4.


Ooops..Sorry for the oversight..

Can anyone find whether these routes will be on A320NEO aircrafts?
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drpiru wrote:
abhijith16 wrote:
drpiru wrote:
w.e.f 7th Apr 6E adds

2nd daily non stop BLR-GAU-BLR
1st daily non stop MAA-GAU-MAA
4th daily BLR-MAA-BLA

Neo rotations? Still some missing links from GAU...May be soon that will revealed..


MAA-BLR-MAA increases to 5 daily not 4.


Ooops..Sorry for the oversight..

Can anyone find whether these routes will be on A320NEO aircrafts?


There is no specific configuration for the A320NEO per se, but AFAIK, Flights between DEL & HYD/BLR/CCU will see NEOs for a while initially.
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http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/qatar-airways-still-keen-on-buying-stake-in-indigo-34440/

Qatar Airways still keen on buying stake in Indigo

March 17, 2016

Years have passed, but Qatar Airways continues to long for IndiGo.

The national carrier of Qatar on Wednesday restated its long-standing desire to buy a stake in India’s largest and most profitable airline, which has rebuffed the offer right from the beginning.

Qatar Airways group chief executive of Akbar Al Baker said his airline could not invest in IndiGo’s initial public offer (IPO) owing to government regulations and lack of sufficient time for Qatar’s sovereign funds to buy IndiGo shares.

According to Al Baker, his airline did show interest in IndiGo at one time, but could not invest directly in the IPO. “We had to do it with our parent company, and our parent organization, which is our sovereign fund, and to do that, we needed more time and the time was too short for us to move on this,” Al Baker said on Wednesday on the sidelines of India Aviation 2016, an international exhibition and conference organised by the ministry of civil aviation.

“If they are interested, Qatar Airways will be very interested,” he added.

On Wednesday, Al Baker said he was never in discussions with SpiceJet, Jet Airways or GoAir, but reiterated his interest in IndiGo “if there is an opportunity.”

“I cannot force IndiGo promoters to sell stake,” Al Baker said.

IndiGo had denied any such move to sell the stake to Qatar Airways while its top management representatives had said that it was flattering to receive such offers.

Al Baker said he will be keen to pursue a follow-on share sale of IndiGo or any such opportunity, if it gets sufficient time to invest. “At present, I am not talking to any other Indian airlines,” Al Baker said.

Asked about a marketing alliance with IndiGo, Al Baker said IndiGo was not considering Qatar flights for domestic growth.

Al Baker also lashed out against Indian government authorities. “Qatar is unfairly treated by Indian authorities,” Al Baker alleged, despite the Gulf country being the largest supplier of natural gas and fertilisers to India.

He said as an airline, Qatar Airways cannot raise this issue, but the Qatar government had raised it many times.

Al Baker said since 2009, flying bilaterals have never given to Qatar while India has opened up bilaterals to other Gulf countries.

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indiGo adds 6th daily Bengaluru-Chennai, 1 daily non-stop Chennai-Jaipur, 2nd daily Bengaluru - Lucknow from 12APR, and 14th daily Delhi - Bengaluru from 13APR.

Thanks for the heads up, Ameya!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also a weekly (SUN) BOM-TRV coming in.

Are there any other routes which have a low frequency schedule?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nadarji wrote:
There is also a weekly (SUN) BOM-TRV coming in.

Are there any other routes which have a low frequency schedule?


That's a temporary schedule.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a pre-owned A320 to the fleet today, as VT-IDT.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


And VT-IDS, their first pre-owned CFM powered A320ceo



In more route updates, indiGo is also adding a 6th daily non-stop Delhi-Pune, and is increasing Pune-Bengaluru to 7 daily effective April 16.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new (its third) A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-ITA.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/indigo-hikes-cancellation-charges-to-rs-2250-for-domestic-fliers/articleshow/51632073.cms

IndiGo hikes cancellation charges to Rs 2250 for domestic fliers

Mar 31, 2016

Passengers booking on IndiGo will have to pay more than earlier if they cancel tickets. The airline has hiked cancellation charges to a flat Rs 2,250 for all passengers cancelling up to 2 hours before the flight departs. Others are expected to follow soon.

Earlier, passengers cancelling more than a week prior to the scheduled departure would have to shell out Rs 1,900.

A travel agent told ET that the airline has informed travel agents of the hike on all tickets booked from April 1, 2016.

"Other airlines will also announce hike in cancellation charges soon. Increase in cancellation charges helps airline raise revenues and all airlines will follow the hike," said a travel agent.

This is the fourth revision in these charges in the last one year, two agents said. Airlines started last year with a flat Rs 2,000, then slabbed it between Rs 1250 (for cancellations before 30 days), Rs 1500 (7-30 days) andRs 2,000 (0-7 days). Then they pegged it between Rs 1,900-Rs 2250.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


IndiGo May 2016 Domestic Service Expansions

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo in May 2016 is expanding operations on a number of domestic routes, namely to/from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad. Planned changes as follow.

eff 01MAY16 Bangalore – Ahmedabad Increase from 2 to 3 daily
eff 01MAY16 Bangalore – Jaipur Increase from 2 to 3 daily
eff 01MAY16 Chennai – Kochi Increase from 2 to 3 daily
eff 01MAY16 Hyderabad – Kolkata Increase from 3 to 4 daily
eff 06MAY16 Delhi – Srinagar Increase from 4 to 6 daily



Source : Airlineroute.net
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6E adds Hyderabad-Coimbatore/Nagpur, 2nd daily Hyderabad-Kochi and Kochi-Muscat daily effective June 21.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-ITF.
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http://www.livemint.com/Companies/1Zdu37lZTc5WiJjsFWvLPK/Biggest-A320neo-customer-IndiGo-weighs-rival-to-Pratt-engine.html

Biggest A320neo customer IndiGo weighs rival to Pratt engine

Apr 30 2016

India’s largest airline, which faced delivery delays for its first A320neo jets over issues with Pratt & Whitney engines, said it would consider a competing CFM International power plant for a later order.

IndiGo, Airbus Group SE’s biggest customer for the fuel-efficient A320neo, has chosen Pratt for the first 150 of the aircraft, Aditya Ghosh, the carrier’s president, said on a conference call Friday. The airline, which took delivery of its fourth A320neo on Friday, said it has seen fuel savings of 13%. The carrier has ordered 430 of the single-aisle jetliner.

“We’re eagerly looking forward to learning from the experience of other airlines that will have the CFM” engine, Ghosh said. “It will be a good opportunity for us to compare the actual operating performance of the two engines before we decide on the engine choice for the remaining 280 aircraft that we have on order.”

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http://www.mid-day.com/articles/inadequate-fuel-forces-dubai-bound-indigo-plane-to-divert-to-mumbai-for-refuelling/17206171

Inadequate fuel forces Dubai-bound IndiGo plane to divert to Mumbai for refuelling

06-May-2016

A Dubai-bound IndiGo plane from Hyderabad had to be diverted to Mumbai after the pilot found that there was "less-than-required" fuel in the aircraft.

The incident was reported last month, when the commander of IndiGo Hyderabad-Dubai flight (6E-026) sought permission to land from Mumbai air traffic control tower after it was found that there was one-tonne less fuel in the Airbus A-320 plane than the required quantity of 13 tonnes, a DGCA official said today.

Initial probe suggests complacency on the part of the airline's technician and his superior for the "less-than-required" jet fuel intake, he said.

"Their work will be reviewed before taking any action against them," the official said, adding that the pilot of the flight will also be called for investigation.

IndiGo said fuel onboard its Hyderabad-Dubai flight was as per the regulatory requirement, though not in accordance with the company's requirement.

"IndiGo flight 6E-026 on April 26 from Hyderabad to Dubai met the necessary DGCA requirement but was less than the company requirement. This was detected by the pilot after starting the cruise," an IndiGo statement said.

As the aircraft was flying over Mumbai, the pilot decided to divert the plane there for precautionary reasons, it said. "The matter is being investigated by DGCA along with the flight safety department of IndiGo," the airline added.

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From 1st/2nd June, indiGo adds the following flights

- 3 weekly Delhi-Thiruvananathapuram-Kochi-Delhi/4 weekly Delhi-Kochi-Thiruvananthapuram-Delhi redeye service
- 8th daily Delhi-Ahmedabad (partly redeye)
- 2nd daily Ahmedabad-Hyderabad
- 11th daily Delhi-Chennai (redeye)
- 5th daily Delhi-Goa (redeye)
- 8th daily Chennai-Hyderabad (redeye)
- 15th daily Delhi-Bengaluru (partly redeye)
- 10th daily Bengaluru-Hyderabad
- 6th daily Chennai-Kolkata (redeye)
- 12th and 13th daily Delhi-Kolkata
- 8th daily Delhi-Lucknow (resumption)
- 1st daily nonstop Lucknow-Kolkata

From 16th May, indiGo will launch an additional daily Delhi-Ranchi

On 6th May, indiGo also launched -

- 3rd daily Delhi-Jaipur
- 5th and 6th daily Delhi-Srinagar

Massive expansion from indiGo!!
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/indigo-says-not-passing-all-benefits-lower-fuel-prices-passengers-677894

IndiGo says not passing all benefits of lower fuel prices to passengers

May 8, 2016

IndiGo on Sunday admitted that it had not passed on all the benefits arising from lower fuel prices to passengers. The acknowledgment resulted from the concerns of rising airfares despite slump in oil prices.

A slump in global crude oil prices over the last few weeks has boosted airlines, as aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices account for 40 percent of an airline's operating costs. IndiGo President and Whole-Time Director Aditya Ghosh said the carrier continues to use lower ATF rates as an opportunity to reduce flight ticket rates and thereby increasing passenger numbers, Press Trust of India reports.

He also admitted that the entire benefit from the lower fuel prices have not been passed on to the passengers.

"If you look at the fourth quarter (January-March 2016), then fuel prices came down 29.5 percent whereas the average fares came down I think above 15.2 percent. So clearly, we are not passing on all to the customers, but of course the lower fuel prices and the lower average fares also has a positive effect on our load factors," Ghosh was quoted by PTI as saying during a conference call last week when IndiGo's Q4 results were announced.

In addition, Ghosh said IndiGo was not driving down fares, but there was some amount of competition from other aircraft carriers such as Spicejet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Air India.

There have been rising concerns that airlines are not passing on benefits to their passengers.

According to reports, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked some airlines to provide details of the number of tickets they sells in the "highest fare bracket" and their share in the revenues earned.

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Incident: IndiGo A320 at Bangalore on May 11th 2016, hydraulic leak

An IndiGo Airbus A320-200, registration VT-INR performing flight 6E-637 from Bangalore to Patna (India) with 154 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Bangalore's runway 27 when the crew stopped the climb at 7000 feet reporting a hydraulic leak. The aircraft entered a hold while the crew were working the checklists and subsequently burned off fuel before returning to Bangalore for a safe landing on runway 27 about 50 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration VT-IDL reached Patna with a delay of about 3 hours.

The airline confirmed the aircraft suffered a hydraulic leak.


Source: avherald.com
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http://forbesindia.com/article/special/indigo-appoints-united-airlines-veteran-as-its-cfo/43259/1

IndiGo appoints United Airlines veteran as its CFO

May 18, 2016

IndiGo, on Wednesday, announced a C-Suite management change. The low-cost airline, which has a market share of 38.4 percent, has appointed former senior Vice President of United Airlines, Rohit Philip, as its new chief financial officer effective July 18, 2016. Philip, who spent 17 years with United Airlines, replaces the incumbent CFO Pankaj Madan, who is leaving to pursue other interests.

At IndiGo, Phillip will report to Aditya Ghosh, President and whole time director of the airline. "We are fortunate and excited at Rohit joining the IndiGo team. His enormous and varied experience and understanding of the airline industry will greatly strengthen our team as we continue to build a world class, national air transportation network," said Ghosh.

“We thank Pankaj for his many contributions over the last eighteen months and wish him all the best in his future endeavours," he added.


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