India’s largest airline, IndiGo is exploring ways to change its cabin configuration for enhancing comfort for flyers. This step comes at a time, when the airline is looking to foray into long haul international market.
IndiGo cabin configuration
Before talking about changes to be introduced, lets have a look at what is the current cabin configuration on IndiGo aircraft. The airline operates aircraft with 4 different configurations. These are :
- ATR 72 : It has a fleet of 43 ATR 72 aircraft. All are configured with 70 Economy class seats. In ATR fleet, there are 6 seats with extra legroom in Row 1 and 2.
- Airbus A320-200 : Courtesy planespotters, the airline has a fleet of 19 Airbus A320. All Airbus A320s are configured with 180 Economy class seats.
- Airbus A320neo : The new generation aircraft consists of 186 seats in all Economy configuration. The airline has 182 A320neos in its fleet.
- Airbus A320neo : Some Airbus A320neos of the airline are configured with 180 seats.
- Airbus A321neo : IndiGo operates 16 Airbus A321neos with a configuration of 222 Economy class seats.
- Airbus A321neo : Rest of the Airbus A321neos or say 81 Airbus A321neos are densely configured with 232 Economy class seats.
In Airbus A320 fleet, there are 18 seats with extra legroom in Row 1, 12 and 13.
In Airbus A321 fleet, there are different configuration of XL seats as follows :
- 222 seater : 18 seats in Row 1, 17 and 18
- 232 seater : 20 seats in Row 18, 19, 28 and seats – 29A & 29F
Changes to be introduced
As per sources, the airline is looking to increase the number of Extra Legroom or say XL seats onboard its Airbus fleet. It is doing this so that it can add certain meal plans for these priority seats. The whole idea is to add comfort while preserving the IndiGo culture of being a Low Cost Carrier.
IndiGo is yet to decide the configuration of its Airbus A321XLR fleet. Last year, the airline announced an upgradation in its cabin seats. It opted for RECARO BL3710 for its new Airbus A320 family fleet. First aircraft with RECARO BL3710 seats entered into service in May this year. The airline aims to have these seats installed in 75 of its aircraft.
However, it should be noted that the airline is not at all looking to introduce hot meals onboard its aircraft.
The airline is currently evaluating whether it should introduce Premium cabin onboard Airbus A321XLR or not. IndiGo is looking to take delivery of its first Long range Narrowbody aircraft in late 2024 or early 2025. The airline has huge hopes and ambitions with this aircraft as it will use the XLR to foray into long haul international market. Airbus A321XLR will be used to start flights to potential destinations like Athens, Rome, Tokyo, Seoul, etc.
Source : Business Today