Ashwini Phadnis

New Delhi, June 19

THE soon to be launched IndiGo Airline, that caused a stir in the market with its order of 100 Airbus aircraft at the Paris air show, has been successful in acquiring parking bays for its aircraft in both Mumbai and Delhi.

Confirming the development, the Managing Director, InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd, Mr Rahul Bhatia, told Business Line that the airline had got three parking bays and was working towards getting some more.

The airline, which is to take to the skies in the next six to nine months, plans to have 63 departures a day during the first phase of its launch. "The route plans of the airline are ready. We know where the first 20 aircraft that we are getting will fly. We will submit details to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) soon. Tickets will be available for sale from the day we submit the plans to the DGCA," Mr Bhatia said. The airline has already announced that it would follow a low cost model although its fares have not yet been made public.

The new airline is being promoted jointly by InterGlobe and Mr Rakesh Gangwal, who has more than two-decades of experience with various airlines including US Air.

The airline plans to begin operations with three aircraft and take the fleet strength to eight aircraft within the first six months of taking to the skies. "We will get the fourth aircraft within 30 days of the first flight while the fifth aircraft will join the fleet within two months of the airline starting operations," Mr Bhatia said.

However, he refused to be drawn into details about the agreement that the airline had entered into with the European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus Industrie.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 20, 2005)
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