India’s largest airline in India – IndiGo has crossed yet another milestone as it carried 100 million within a year timeframe. In year 2023, the airline had a target since inception to cross this number and as a good news for both airline and Indian avgeeks, the airline has succeeded.
IndiGo in the 100 million club
IndiGo today released a press statement in which it announced that the airline has carried 100 million passengers in this year. In 2022, it carried 78 million passengers. This is remarkable as the airline is first ever to do so in the Indian market. Not just India, globally, only a handful of airline have achieved this milestone. IndiGo now joins them. This comes days after it crossed another milestone of achieving 2,000 departures in a single day. IndiGo is now operating to 118 destinations, out of which 32 are international.
The airline is currently looking to expand its fleet and network It has ordered 500 more Airbus A320 family jets taking its orderbook to more than 900 jets. With this, the airline has ensured consistent deliveries throughout the next decade. In the past 6 months, it has added flights to several domestic and international destinations. Domestic destinations include flights to Shivamogga and upcoming Ayodhya Airport. Internationally, the airline took a long leap in medium haul segment with flights to Jakarta and Nairobi. Additionally, it increased its presence in CIS region by introducing flights to Tashkent, Almaty, Baku and Tbilisi.
Moreover, Pieter Elbers, the Chief Executive officer of IndiGo announced that it will soon add Bali in Indonesia and Medina in Saudi Arabia to its network.
You might be wondering that why am I appluading the airline so much? I already called this milestone remarkable but i wont stop and will call it ‘Truly Remarkable’. Why?
The reason is that in a market like India, where there is a huge burial ground for airlines, IndiGo has achieved this great feat. For context, in the past decade, we attended the funeral of 12 airlines.
Moreover, more than 40 aircraft of IndiGo were grounded because of issues with Pratt and Whitney engines. With 1/6th of the fleet grounded, IndiGo achieved this milestone. Imagine, if all aircraft would have been in the air, the airline would have achieved this in October itself.
However, the engine issues are not over and it is expected that by March 2024, 90 aircraft of IndiGo will be grounded. The airline is looking to lease more aircraft from the secondary market to mitigate its capacity.
Lets wait and watch how IndiGo manage this tragedy. What do you think? Share in the comments.
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