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IndiGo considers spreading its wings from Kolkata to Singapore and Dubai

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) is considering extending its route map with new routes from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to Singapore and Dubai in 2013 according to The Times of India. The carrier currently flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Muscat and Kathmandu from Delhi and Mumbai and is adding new flights to Bangkok on December 21 (see map below).

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On the financial side, IndiGo lost $17 million in its fiscal year per ATW.

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IndiGo performs the first RNP approach into Kochi, India’s first

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) on June 24 conducted the first ever Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach in regular airline operations, while landing at Kochi on their scheduled flight, 6E 345 from Bengaluru. IndiGo has collaborated with Quovadis, a subsidiary of Airbus, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to enable an even more secure and safe landing procedure at the Kochi International Airport. IndiGo becomes the first carrier in India authorized to implement this effective, fuel-saving practice. The Kochi International Airport is India’s seventh busiest airport, and equipped with one ILS (Instrument Landing System) on runway 27 and a VOR (both ground based installations) that are used for guidance for landing procedures on both ends of the runway.

IndiGo has been working with Airbus and the government to develop and implement the RNP procedure, which brings great benefits to both the authorities and IndiGo:

  • Accurate flight path on contained and secure trajectories
  • A shorter flight path, saving 75 KM for IndiGo on each approach, which is approximately 400 kgs of fuel saving per landing, and a corresponding amount of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Freedom from dependence on conventional ground based navigation installations by using on board systems and Global Positioning System (satellite based positioning)
  • Easier traffic management in non-radar environments

The entire process that has been successfully validated on Airbus simulators and in the aircraft, has now been flown successfully in regular commercial operations by IndiGo on its Airbus A320 on June 23, 2012.

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IndiGo moves up to second place in market share in India

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) due to the problems at Air India and Kingfisher Airlines has now captured second place in India in market share. Of the six largest airlines in India, IndiGo is also the only profitable carrier in India according to this article by International Business Times.

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IndiGo Airlines continues its international expansion

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) on October 2, 2011, India’s fastest growing airline is all set expanded its international footprint with the launch of daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Bangkok and Mumbai-Dubai routes. During September 2011, IndiGo successfully launched its international flights on the Delhi-Dubai, Delhi-Bangkok and Delhi-Singapore routes.

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IndiGo Airlines signs MOU for 180 A320s, becomes the launch customer for the A320neo

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 180 Airbus A320s, of which 150 will be the new A320neo.

The airline is considering all financing options (including an IPO) to finance this possible order, according to this article by Reuters.

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IndiGo plans to launch international flights in August 2011

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) has submitted a proposal to begin flying international routes starting in August 2011.

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IndiGo intends to acquire 150 aircraft in the next 3 years as it expands internationally

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) has received the Indian government’s approval to acquire 150 aircraft over the next two to three years according to this Reuters report. The low-fare airline intends to start flying international routes.

IndiGo will be eligible in August 2011 to start adding international routes.

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Copyright Photo: The first A320, A320-232 with the test registration of F-WWIH (msn 2844) departs on a test flight from Toulouse. It became VT-INA.