If you are a regular flyer, you have undoubtedly flown in IndiGo Airlines and can testify for its low cost yet impeccable service. However, you may be unaware of the nearly 17-year legacy that the country’s biggest airline service has and the travel that it has had to maintain the legacy.
Created in 2005 and operational since 2006, IndiGo Airlines with its headquarters at Gurugram, Haryana, always had the edge over airlines due to its out of box thinking.
Which other airline would place a huge aircraft demand before even casting service! However IndiGo dared to order 100 A320-200s back in 2005 when full-service carriers like Indian Airlines (now part of Air India), Kingfisher, and Jet Airways dominated the market.
This was the airline’s first bold step as it cost them over $6billion, a huge investment for a startup. However, IndiGo wanted its planes fast and wanted to grow its fleet rapidly and it got both, said.
- The first A320 was delivered to IndiGo in July 2006. Its inaugural flight was on August 4 2006 with a service from Delhi to Imphal via Guwahati. By the end of 2006, IndiGo had six aircraft, and nine more were received the following year. The message was clear.
The airline was here to stay
With its low fares and well-thought promotion campaign, IndiGo was slowly becoming popular in India. In December 2010, IndiGo replaced state-run carrier Air India as India’s third-largest airline behind Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways.
A year later, an even higher order was established by the growing airlines, this time for 180 aircraft consisting of 150 A320neos and 30 more A320ceos. With an increasing fleet, IndiGo began international flights apart from adding more domestic destinations by 2012. In the very same year in August, IndiGo officially became India’s largest airline returning Jet Airways.
In a land where airlines fail to be successful and cease operations like the short-lived Air Mantra and Air Pegasus, IndiGo was able to touch success due to its profitability. . From 2009 onwards, the carrier became profitable and has since maintained that. The factor that keeps its profitability afloat includes its decision to be a low-cost airline that offers only an economy class due to which they don’t have to cater to VIPs or maintain expensive lounges at airports.
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They also accomplish having an in-flight entertainment system or complimentary meals, instead of giving a purchase onboard meal program, which allows keeping costs low.
So following the time you take an IndiGo flight, you can remind yourself that the airline flying you is the one that overcame all hurdles and became the country’s largest airline in a short time.
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