First Airline IndiGo, the cool low-cost airline in India, just hit a major milestone: over 2,000 flights every single day. That’s massive and makes them the first airline in India to reach this mind-blowing number. And guess what? This awesome news rolled in right after they announced they made some serious profit in the second quarter.
Flying High with 2,000 Flights
These 2,000 flights aren’t just about whisking passengers around. Nope, it includes taking care of cargo and even handling military charters. And hey, according to the latest October 2023 data by OAG, IndiGo’s rocking it globally, sitting pretty in the top ten airlines for both frequency of flights and the number of seats they offer.
Comparison Game: Who Else is Flying?
Let’s talk numbers. Air India’s low-cost buddy, Air India Express, does 300 flights daily, while SpiceJet, the budget airline, manages around 250 flights per day. The new kid on the block, Akasa Air, does about 110 flights a day. But hey, IndiGo’s soaring past them all!
Pieter Elbers Says It Best
The big boss, Pieter Elbers, IndiGo’s CEO, put it perfectly: “This isn’t just a number game. It’s about making moves to connect more people and give them an unforgettable travel experience. We’re all about linking dreams and destinations across India.”
Flying Towards the Sky
While the whole travel scene’s picking up post-pandemic, IndiGo’s been on fire. They’ve expanded big time, adding 20 new international routes in the last half-year alone. And get this: they’ve got a grip on over 60% of India’s local travel scene, serving up a whopping 85 domestic hotspots and hitting 32 international destinations.
Sure, their wings mostly stretch out to the Middle East and Southeast Asia due to their fleet type, but they’ve become the go-to for folks heading to medium-haul spots from India.
Making Bank and Expanding
Numbers don’t lie, and IndiGo’s making some serious dough. They raked in a cool $23 million in profit for the quarter that ended in September 2023. That’s a massive flip from the $190 million loss they had around the same time last year. Talk about a glow-up!
Growth, Thanks to More Planes
How do you fly more? Well, you need more planes, right? IndiGo’s been super busy beefing up its fleet and placing huge orders for aircraft. Currently, they’ve got a fleet of 345 planes in total. And get this, they’re huge fans of Airbus, owning 204 Airbus A320s, 97 Airbus A321s, 42 ATR 72 turboprops, and even two Boeing 777-300ER widebodies on wet lease.
But wait, there’s more. Their future’s looking even bigger with a whopping 960 planes on order, including a massive chunk of 500 Airbus A320 family aircraft they bagged this year.
IndiGo’s basically taking over the skies, and with this pace, who knows how many flights they’ll be running next!