Indian airline takes delivery of its first ATR aircraft

IndiGo expands from Toulouse

Aviation

November 22, 2017

/ By Surbhi Kapila / New Delhi



The ATR 72-600 in IndiGo colours showcased in Paris Air Show

The ATR 72-600 in IndiGo colours showcased in Paris Air Show

IndiGo, one of India’s popular low-cost airlines has taken its first delivery of aircraft from France based ATR headquartered in Toulouse.

In an attempt to strengthen its network, low-cost airline IndiGo has inducted its first ATR aircraft. The Indian airline took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft (VT-IYA) on November 17 during a ceremony held at ATR headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was received on behalf of IndiGo by Captain Ashim Mittra, Vice President- Flight Operations IndiGo.

While addressing a media gathering at Toulouse, Captain Mittra, read out a message from Aditya Ghosh, President and Director of IndiGo saying, “We are now one step closer to the launch of our Turboprop operations by the end of this year. The teams have put in a lot of hard work in order to launch our regional operations within a relatively short period of time. Actually just nine months. We are excited at the opportunity of once again being able to redefine air travel in India by bringing the reliability and efficiency of IndiGo’s operations to towns and regions in our country which so far have been devoid of reliable air service or have been subject to exorbitant airfares. My sincere thanks to the team at ATR. We are proud of our association.”

IndiGo in October 2017 had announced its plan to further strengthen its regional operations with over 90 new flight connections that include routes to and from South Indian cities of Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai and Nagpur.

The induction of ATR is in sync with IndiGo’s plans for regional aviation and in response to the growing demand on its existing routes.

With the introduction of ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet, IndiGo is poised to take On-Time and Hassel-Free experience to passengers in Tier II and Tier III cities. By the end of 2017, IndiGo plans to operate over 1000 daily flights connecting 46 destinations.

IndiGo, with a Technical Dispatch Reliability of 99.85 pc (for the quarter ended June 30, 2017) has one of the best On-Time Performances in India.

Commenting on the announcement, Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer, ATR said, “Today’s delivery to such a renowned airline underlines once again the quality and the suitability of the ATR -600 and shows why it is unrivalled in the regional market. IndiGo’s choice highlights their commitment to offering passengers only the very best. India’s rapidly expanding domestic market represented close to 100 million passengers last year, and has been steadily growing by more than 20 per cent annually. As the country is expected to become the world’s third largest market by 2020, we are proud of playing a key role in such an expansion of the air connectivity.”

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