Induction of the first A321Neo plane will give wings to IndiGo’s international ambition, with the country’s largest airline expected to add destinations in Asia and Europe to its network.
The airline’s first A321Neo arrived in Delhi on December 29, making its maiden flight from the Hamburg facility of Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer. This is part of its 150-aircraft order.
Promising to be 15 percent more fuel efficient than the A320 series, the new aircraft can also fly about 900 km more in a single flight. Its manufacturer also claims that the A321Neo will lead to 8 percent cut in operating costs and is also more environment friendly, as it is not as noisy as its precedent, and also emits lower nitrogen oxide.
The fuel efficiency and lower costs will interest the Rahul Bhatia-led airline the most. It is presently going through a financial crunch unseen before in the airline, having reported its first quarterly loss – in the second quarter of the present financial year – since getting listed on the bourses in 2015.