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IndiGo orders 100 Airbus planes for low-cost flights

 

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

16 June, 2005, Paris: IndiGo, the upcoming Indian low-cost airline has committed for 100 firm A320 family airplanes with aviation major Airbus Industrie. The IndiGo venture is promoted by InterGlobe Enterprises of India and Rakesh Gangwal, who has previous experience in the airline industry.

Rakesh Gangwal has been associated with the travel industry since 1980. In his aviation career across two decades, he has worked with United Airlines, Air France and US Airways in senior management positions. 

According to Airbus President and CEO Noël Forgeard, “IndiGo is the result of extensive analysis and planning by very experienced airline executives and we are convinced it will be a successful new player in a market that is both large and fast growing. The Airbus A320 planes have been selected by many of the world’s new and successful low-cost airlines, and we like to think that our planes are making a valuable contribution to their prosperity.”

“The aviation industry in India is on the threshold of the next big revolution and IndiGo is ideally positioned to fill the fast emerging need for reliable, efficient and economical air travel,” says InterGlobe Enterprises Limited Managing Director Rahul Bhatia. “IndiGo will also make a humble yet significant contribution to India’s growth by creating employment opportunities directly and through ancillary services.” Established in 1989, InterGlobe Enterprises is the foremost travel conglomerate in India and enjoys a significant presence in the fields of aviation management, travel related services, travel technology, travel distribution services and hotel development & management services.

“We are pleased with our selection of A320 family aircraft for the launch of IndiGo,” said Rakesh Gangwal: “IndiGo will serve the nation’s air travellers with superior customer service and provide great value for money, using Airbus A320 Family aircraft that we have chosen because of their passenger comfort, economy and modern design.” 

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