Indian low cost carrier IndiGo yesterday commenced its regional jets ATR operations, with the maiden flight taking off from Hyderabad to Mangalore.
The first flight of the ATR plane took off from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad on Thursday morning to Mangalore, the airline said in a release.
By December 2019, IndiGo, with its fleet of brand new 21 ATRs, would have connected about 15 tier-II and tier-III new cities on its network, thereby giving a big boost to regional connectivity, the airline’s president and whole-time director, Aditya Ghosh, said in a statement.
"With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.
“The IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets,” Ghosh said.
As for my personal opinion, I am really happy for IndiGo and the Indian Airline industry which is certainly not the best at the moment. This step marks huge progress for IndiGo as with the ATR operating domestically, their A320 and A320 NEO variants can operate international routes to the Middle East and Singapore as well.
Nice! I don’t expect Goa to get the ATRs cuz if higher demand on Goa flights, but that means I might see the A321neos whenever they receive them 😍
Edit: apparently delivery of the 321Ns is towards the end of next year. Can’t wait!
Yea, I read about that. I’m glad the gov’t did that, though I haven’t looked into many details to see how beneficial it would be.
I actually also read that Indigo was considering seaplanes to fly in and out of very rural areas. I think this would be a very unique and pretty cool way to serve these areas, but honestly don’t see this happening anytime soon.
Have fun! I hope to fly in a turboprop one day, as I have only when I was too young to remember. Since then it’s just been Jets, that too mostly in 77Ws. I’d love to see what a small aircraft like the -72 flys like 👍
I don’t know the extent to which this is true, but I heard somewhere that IndiGo might be purchasing A350s/A330NEOs in the coming future. It was probably just a rumor, but if this is indeed in IGO’s fleet expansion plan it’d be a delight to see their livery on widebodies!