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IndiGo considers order of 100 planes

These are turboprop aircraft intended for operations on regional routes

The Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo Airlines is said to be in negotiations for the purchase of around 100 aircraft for operations on regional routes. According to rumors, the company is evaluating offers from various aircraft manufacturers. However, the Franco-Italian company ATR (Avions de Transport Régional) would be the one widely favored over other competitors, including the European Airbus and the Brazilian Embraer.

It was reported by the national newspaper "Economic Times". The choice could fall on the manufacturer ATR as the airline already operates with ATR-72/600 aircraft. Therefore maintenance and all services connected to the operation of these aircraft would be more convenient to manage, compared for example to the purchase of other models such as the A-220 and E-175.

According to rumours, the order could be made up as follows: 50 aircraft ordered and 50 optioned. No final decision has been made at this time. Today the current fleet of the IndiGo company is made up of 354 owned aircraft, plus another 17 wet-lease aircraft. The airline operates to 118 destinations in 23 countries. 

On the topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency