New Delhi, Feb 18: IndiGo has partnered with Turkish Airlines to expand its service to Europe. The company has also ordered nearly 500 aircrafts as part of its expansion plan, said the airline’s head of international sales, Vinay Malhotra on Friday.
According to him, it will help improve passenger services from India to Istanbul and to Europe. IndiGo has aircraft in the pipeline from European giant Airbus that will ensure steady delivery till 2030.
“We are currently flying over 300 aircraft and we have nearly 500 more on order. Off course, the expansion depends a lot on the frequency and the timing of when we get an aircraft. But as and when the aircraft are coming, they will be deployed into the domestic market and some overseas,” Malhotra told ANI.
Correction | We have 500 more aircraft on* order for expansion plan. Currently flying 1,800 flights a day & 10% of them on international routes. Farthest we travel is to Turkey, Istanbul & is keen to fly far: Vinay Malhotra, Head of International Sales, IndiGo pic.twitter.com/wKAl84Dk8c
— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2023
Malhotra further said the airline is currently operating 1,800 flights per day and 10 per cent of them operate internationally. As a codeshare agreement with Turkish airlines, IndiGo will be able to carry passengers from India to Istanbul and from Istanbul to beyond.
“With our partnership with them as a codeshare we are able to carry passengers from India to Istanbul and from Istanbul to beyond,” said Malhotra.
He further announced that IndiGo will launch two new points, Nairobi and Jakarta in the near future.
Notably, the IndiGo’s deal comes days after Air India purchased 470 passenger aircraft from the same manufacturers along with 370 optional aircraft that would be procured over the next decade.