Indigo to Add 12 A320s to its Fleet

News reports have revealed that IndiGo will add 16 aircraft by December 2013 and start inducting an additional 12 from the same month to retain its pole position and pre-empt competition from new entrants such as the proposed airline joint venture between AirAsia and Tata Sons Ltd. By doing so, IndiGo hopes to plug gaps in its flight network that other low-cost airlines such as AirAsia are likely to exploit.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India last year gave permission to IndiGo to induct 16 aircraft in this calendar year. The company now wants to introduce an additional 12 Airbus 320s starting from December 2013, according to two officials. Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo, denied the airline was accelerating its aircraft-induction programme, but said it has sought to induct an additional 12 aircraft. “Our delivery schedule remains as before. This is just part of our original order,” he said.

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