New Delhi: Continuing the efforts to strengthen its network, IndiGo, is delighted to announce the induction of its first ATR aircraft. IndiGo took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft (VT-IYA) to join its ever-growing fleet today during the 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 Mr Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time 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 9 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 air fares. My sincere thanks to the team at ATR. We are proud of our association. As we say at IndiGo, we are all set and TURBOCHARGED!”
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 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 will operate over 1000 daily flights connecting 46 destinations.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer, ATR said, “IndiGo is a much respected airline which pays particular attention to every single detail relating to quality. 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% 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”.