Indigo wants to build a large regional fleet

Airplane from IndiGo (Photo: Praveen Thirumurugan).
Airplane from IndiGo (Photo: Praveen Thirumurugan).

Indigo wants to build a large regional fleet

Airplane from IndiGo (Photo: Praveen Thirumurugan).
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Indian budget airline IndiGo has reportedly opened talks with three aircraft manufacturers over a potential order for up to 100 regional aircraft.

This move would enable the carrier to strengthen its regional network in India. This should also happen against the background of the fact that we want to expand significantly on long-haul routes. The regional flights should play a crucial role as feeders. The manufacturers ATR, Embraer and Airbus are in the running in the regional area.

According to information from the negotiations, IndiGo is considering a range of aircraft types from the three manufacturers that would allow it to increase capacity on existing regional routes while opening up new, previously unserviced routes. It can also be about being able to benefit from subsidies that the Indian government regularly offers on underserved routes.

According to a report in the Economic Times of India, ATR appears to be ahead at this stage of the negotiations. IndiGo currently operates a fleet of 45 ATR72 aircraft with 78 seats each. The airline is expected to add another five of these types to its regional fleet in 2024 and is therefore reportedly in favor of continuing to rely on ATR aircraft.

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