IndiGo considering model changes in bid to add long haul operations

16 May, 2019

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the carrier is assessing plans to redesign its product to operate long haul services between India and Europe, including offering a business class cabin and making changes to seat pitch, menu and bathrooms (Bloomberg/Economic Times, 15-May-2019). Mr Dutta noted the air travel business is "strongly segmented by the length of flying" and the expectations of passengers "change a lot because the body demands change a lot". The airline plans to launch one stop operations into Western European destinations within six months using Airbus narrowbody equipment. The carrier intends to place a "large" order for a long haul capable aircraft, reportedly for the yet to be confirmed A321XLR.