IndiGo to take off in July-August
The budget carrier has placed orders for 100 aircraft of the A-320, A-319 and A-321 make, which belong to the same family.india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 17:23 IST
The new low-cost carrier, IndiGo, which placed India's biggest orders for 100 Airbus aircraft at the Paris Air Show last year, will start operations in July- August with its own aeroplanes.
"The delivery of our first aircraft will take place some time in July and we will start operations soon thereafter. We plan to start between July one and August five," the airline's President and CEO Bruce Ashby said in an interview.
The budget carrier has placed orders for 100 aircraft of the A-320, A-319 and A-321 make, which belong to the same family having several commonalities especially that of the cockpit.
Ashby said the planes would be delivered one each month from July till the year-end and another nine next year. On an average, ten aircraft would be delivered each year for the next ten years, he said.
On being quizzed on the pricing of tickets, he said it would be consistent with fares being offered by the low-cost carriers in the Indian market like SpiceJet and Air Deccan and "a lot less lower than the legacy carriers like Indian, Air India, Jet Airways and Air Sahara".
The airline had recently submitted its flight schedules for mandatory clearance by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and was in the process of recruiting pilots, crew and other staff required for operations, Ashby said.
Asked about the routes network it would launch its operations on, Ashby said the general pattern would be to operate between metros with stoppages at intermediate points and gave examples like Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai or Mumbai- Indore-Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram.