New Delhi - Indigo received its 200th aircraft, a brand new Airbus A320neo. The plane arrived at Delhi international airport after a direct flight from Toulouse.
The Indian budget carrier began operations in August 2006 and became the largest airline in the country in terms of fleet size and passengers transported. As of October 2018, Indigo has reached a market share of %43 according to the Indian civil aviation authority DGAC.
Indigo has currently 220 A320neo, 150 A321neo, and 40 ATR 72-600 in its order book. It had initially placed an order for 405 A320neo and 25 A321LR but recently modified this order as 150 A321neo and 280 A320neo.
The airline currently operates 12 ATR72-600, 126 A320, and 62 A320neo. The company plans to launch long-haul flights next year. Indigo has also become the first in India to reach 200 aircraft.
Despite a growing market, The revenues of the Indian operators continue to go downward. For instance, state-owned Air India is for sale due to its growing losses. Jet Airways, the second largest airline in the country after Indigo, is looking for financial support to launch a recovery plan.
Indigo was the only Indian operator to declare a profit until the second quarter of 2018, but it joined to the rest of the club in the third quarter with remarkable losses.