On Tuesday, IndiGo announced that beginning on February 1 it will begin running wide-body Boeing 777 on the Delhi-Istanbul route.
IndiGo so far has been operating only narrow-body all-economy airbus planes. This is for the first time in its over 16 years of operations that the Gurugram-headquartered airline will have twin-aisle planes in its fleet. According to a statement from the airline, the Boeing 777 aircraft can accommodate 400 passengers in a dual class layout of business and economy.
The wide-body operations will enable the airline to meet the rising demand for air travel between Turkey and India, it claimed. Customers travelling on this aircraft will experience a brand-new menu from IndiGo that features hot meal options for the first time. Customers will now be able to order hot meals in advance and buy alcohol for consumption in flight.
Chicken tikka masala with Zafrani pulao and urad dal, broccoli and moong dal with basmati pulao, shahi paneer with basmati pulao and aloo zeera, and more delectable alternatives would be available to customers travelling between Delhi and Istanbul on the hot-meals menu.
According to IndiGo, Turkey has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations post pandemic and has been one of the top choices for outbound tourism from India in 2022. “One of the busiest international routes, Delhi-Istanbul-Delhi, will soon be served by Boeing 777 aircraft. Wide-body aircraft will expand capacity not only for flights to Istanbul but also for trips to Europe via code-share flights with Turkish Airlines “Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, Vinay Malhotra, stated. When an airline uses code sharing, it can seamlessly arrange travel for its customers on the aircraft of its partner carriers.