After the previous receipt of in-principle approval for inducting B777 aircraft on a wet lease basis from MOCA, IndiGo has now applied for final DGCA approval for these operations as per the prescribed procedure. In coordination with the process of these approvals, IndiGo will soon make this 777-capacity available for sale on the Delhi – Istanbul – Delhi route, subject to regulatory approvals.
We are working closely with the authorities to ensure all the required steps to obtain the approvals are completed well in time and will consider the earliest go-live date for these aircraft in line with the expected receipt of requisite approvals.
This wet lease solution will also enable us to better utilize our A321 narrowbody fleet to continue our network deployment in light of the global supply chain issues.
As part of its ongoing attempts to turn India into a significant international air traffic center, the civil aviation ministry has permitted Indian airlines to take wide-body aircraft on wet lease for up to one year.
Indigo’s New B777 wide-body Fleet
Till now, wet leasing of wide-body planes was allowed only for up to six months. In a statement on Sunday, the nation’s largest airline, IndiGo, said it had contacted the government and been given permission to wet/damp lease aircraft for a six-month period that may be extended by another six months.
According to a statement, all Indian carriers may request this relaxation, and the government would take their request into account based on the overseas destinations the airline plans to operate.
The airline stated that it has plans to introduce B777 aircraft on a wet/damp lease basis during the current winter schedule and that it is now working to finalize the contract for the wet/damp lease.
The aviation authority’s DGCA gave IndiGo permission last month to wet lease wide-body Boeing aircraft from Turkish Airlines for a maximum of six months. Wet lease contracts involve the leasing of aircraft along with the engineers and flight attendants.
According to a representative of the ministry, Indian airlines that want to operate aircraft on wet lease to destinations in the United States and Europe will be granted approval to do so for up to a year. A representative from the ministry claimed that the proposal of permitting wet leasing of aircraft for a longer duration will allow Indian carriers to fly additional wide-body aircraft.