Mumbai - The Indian budget company IndiGo is studying the possibility of expanding its fleet with widebody aircraft such as the Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787.
Next year the Indian airline operator wants to start flights to Europe. That will not happen yet with widebody aircraft, but with the A321neo. The first A321neo will be delivered to the company next month. IndiGo plans London Gatwick as the first European destination. On the way from India to the British capital, a fuel stop needed somewhere.
The exact plans of the Indian low-cost with the intended new widebody aircraft are not known yet, but long-haul routes are logically the most obvious.
Including new widebody planes into the fleet is an aspiration. We are discussing this with the manufacturers. We look at the Airbus A330neo, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner,said Willy Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer at Indigo.
IndiGo's long-haul aspirations are set against the background of the financial problems at competitors Air India and Jet Airways. At the moment, these are the only airlines operating long-haul flights from India.
IndiGo, like its competitors, also suffers from the fierce competition in the fast-growing domestic market, resulting in significant pressure on ticket prices. In combination with the high oil prices, this situation caused a sharp drop in the quarterly profit of the budget carrier.
IndiGo operated on domestic routes in India for a long time but is gradually expanding its network with international routes. New services will start this week to Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. Other destinations such as Saudi Arabia, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, and Hong Kong will follow.