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IndiGo to induct its first A321 neo plane on December 29: Sources

The delivery of the new jet will help IndiGo introduce flights on the medium-haul routes

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


IndiGo is likely to induct its first long range (new engine option) in its fleet Saturday, after a delay of almost one month, which will pave the way for to launch its much-awaited medium-haul international operations, a source said Tuesday.

The Gurugram-based largest domestic carrier by market share currently has shorter-range in its fleet of 200-odd planes, which also has and jets.

"IndiGo's first A321neo plane, which was to join the fleet late last month, will now be finally inducted on December 29," an said.

The delivery of the new jet will help IndiGo introduce flights on the medium-haul routes.

Flights of up to six hours duration come under medium-long haul category of operations. 

Queries sent to IndiGo did not elicit a response.

has already announced its plans to launch services to and has also signed a code-share pact with for seamless connectivity to 20 global destinations for its passengers from and onwards.

In turn, passengers of the Turkish national carrier will have access to all destinations operated by IndiGo within India.

This will be the first of the IndiGo's150 A321neos on order with the European Airbus.

As per the Airbus order book (till November), it has already delivered 59 of the total 280 on order to

The airline, in two tranches, placed order for 430 (180 in 2011 and 250 in 2015) with Airbus. Later, it converted 150 of these planes to A321neos.

IndiGo at present operates over 1,300 daily flights to 52 domestic and 15 international destinations.

Besides Istanbul, the also reportedly plans to launch services to Gatwick (London), (Saudi Arabia) and (Myanmar) as part of its international network expansion plans.

First Published: Tue, December 25 2018. 19:40 IST