Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Exclusive! IndiGo gets 50th aircraft

Neelam Mathews
Oct 11, 2011
Muscat, Oman

As IndiGo started its fourth international destination- four times a week- from Mumbai to Muscat on Oct 10, the carrier has added the 50th aircraft to its fleet, Aditya Ghosh, President and CEO of IndiGo told Aerospace Diary.

The airline will have 230 planes in the next 14 years.

Ghosh acknowledged that airports offering sops to airline did play and would play a definite role in its decision to start newer international destinations.

Pilot shortage is going to cause increasing heartburn in future as airlines increase their fleet sizes. IndiGo is presently running three programs to train and recruit pilots, Ghosh added.

"There is a need for experienced expat training captains and examiners. "We will be ready for the DGCA deadline to have all-Indian pilots by 2013," Ghosh said. In the next 14 months, IndiGo will hire 150 pilots.

IndiGo will start flights from Mumbai-Jeddah and Kolkata-Dacca in the winter schedule.

Services will also start to three South Indian cities in December, Ghosh said.

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