The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has authorised IndiGo’s request to wet-lease a wide-body Boeing aircraft from Turkish Airlines for a period of up to six months.
But the local carrier’s request to lease the aircraft for a period of up to two years was rejected by the Aviation regulator.
IndiGo, the largest customer of Airbus narrowbody aircraft globally, seems to be charting a new path for itself with wide-body aircraft coming to its rescue. Since its fleet now solely consists of narrow-body aircraft, IndiGo chose to lease wide-body aircraft to expand its international flight schedule in order to satisfy growing demand.
The DGCA turned down the request of the country’s largest airline to wet lease the aircraft for a longer period, citing that the move could become diversion of traffic rights in collusion with a strong foreign carrier that will mainly feed the latter’s hub abroad with more passengers from India.
Aviation regulator DGCA has allowed IndiGo to wet lease wide-body Boeing planes from Turkish Airlines for up to six months and has rejected the domestic carrier’s request for leasing the aircraft for up to two years.
This move of leasing wide body planes was taken because of the slowdown of deliveries of new aircraft and supply problems of Pratt & Whitney and CFM engines causing a large number of IndiGo and Go First Airbus A320 aircraft to be grounded.
IndiGo, which currently has only narrow-body planes in its fleet, decided to lease wide-body aircraft to operate more flights on international routes to meet rising demand.
IndiGo has a fleet of more than 275 planes and flies to 26 international destinations. It is also the country’s largest domestic airline with a market share of 57.7 per cent in September.
The government is also looking at mega aviation hubs in India and is also encouraging domestic airlines to have wide-body planes in their fleets.