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IndiGo to operate widebody aircraft this winter

On a wet lease basis, Indigo began operating wide body aircraft for medium to long-haul travel in both business and economy cabins.

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This winter, IndiGo, the nation’s largest airline by the number of passengers carried, will start using wide-body aircraft. Twin aisle aircraft with operational crews will be leased by the airline on a wet lease basis for medium to long-haul travel on both business and economy cabins. There are now only two Indian airlines using wide bodies to operate passenger flights, and they are Air India and Vistara.

Demand is continuing to climb during the forthcoming holiday and winter seasons as international air travel experiences a strong period of recovery. This is encouraging for the sector, and IndiGo continues to be highly bullish on potential strong growth for international travel to and from India.

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However, given that the aviation industry as a whole continues to experience serious supply chain disruptions, we have been looking into a variety of solutions to allow us to carry on with our operations without incident and to offer our customers effective and reasonably priced travel, according to an IndiGo spokesperson.

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IndiGo has been experiencing a delay in adding new planes as a result of a disturbance in the worldwide supply chain. Additionally, almost 30 aircraft are grounded due to a shortage of engines for the same reason. Pieter Elbers, the new CEO of IndiGo, recently disclosed to TOI that these supply chain concerns forced the airline to postpone the removal of certain relatively older aircraft from its fleet.

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Industry insiders claim that IndiGo will use its current fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft to deploy the wide body on its existing high-density medium-range routes since beginning new routes at such short notice is not an option. Routes like Delhi-Istanbul and Mumbai-Istanbul will begin service on January 1, 2023.

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