IndiGo is in discussions with Qatar Airways and aircraft lessors to address the grounding of its Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320Neo aircraft.
According to sources, IndiGo is considering wet leasing aircraft from Qatar Airways to mitigate the impact of the grounding. These leased Boeing 737 MAX planes are expected to be deployed for flights between India and Doha, with Qatar Airways providing not only the aircraft but also additional services like cabin crew and maintenance.
IndiGo has previously utilized Turkish Airlines’ wet-leased 777 jets for flights to Istanbul and has leased A320 jets from a European carrier. While the search for more A320 aircraft continues, IndiGo is now contemplating adding Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet on a damp lease to address the aircraft shortage. Speculation surrounding this move surfaced on X (formerly Twitter).
Reports suggest that indigo airlines plans to lease up to five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Qatar Airways, which currently has nine of these planes in its fleet. Though the exact timeline for this acquisition is yet to be determined, IndiGo is preparing to induct these aircraft from its codeshare partner.
These 737 MAX 8s from Qatar Airways will bolster IndiGo’s international capacity, allowing the airline to redeploy its own aircraft for other routes.indigo flight booking The Qatar Airways 737 MAX 8s are configured with 168 Economy and 8 Business Class seats.