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.
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.