IndiGo to Operate Widebody Aircraft for the First Time This Winter

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According to a news report, IndiGo, India’s leading low-cost carrier and largest airline, has announced the first-ever operation of widebody aircraft starting this winter.

According to a media report, the airline is wet leasing a few widebodies from an international carrier, with business and economy classes.

A wet lease involves the lessor leasing both the plane and its crew. Widebody aircraft, such as the B777, have a larger fuel tank than narrowbody aircraft, such as the A320, allowing them to fly farther.

“As an interim measure, we have decided to wet/damp lease certain aircraft to cover the shortfall for our scheduled international operations. We have received in-principal approval from the regulators for the same and the induction of these aircraft remains subject to further requisite regulatory approvals,” the report quoted the airline as saying.

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With 280 narrow-body aircraft that only offer economy-class seating, the airline already controls roughly 60% of the domestic market and is looking to expand internationally.

IndiGo announced on Tuesday that it will begin operating flights between Mumbai and Istanbul in January.

It already operates narrow-body aircraft on the Delhi-Istanbul route. The report suggests that the new wet-leased widebody planes will most likely be used on India-Istanbul routes.


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