Aircraft Cabin Management

IndiGo announces business class, launches JAL codeshare

photo_camera Render of upcoming IndiGo A350-900 (Pic: Airbus)

New Delhi-based carrier IndiGo is to leave its low-cost routes by announcing the introduction of a business class on its busiest routes.

The move comes as the airline has also confirmed orders for 30 A350-900 widebody aircraft and has announced a codeshare with Japan Airlines.

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Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo said, “We believe as India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it’s our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business. We are excited with this new phase and tailor-made product in IndiGo’s evolution and strategy and aim to further give wings to the nation, by connecting people and aspirations.”

There has been no set go-live date confirmed for premium class yet, nor has there been any announcement on seat suppliers etc. However, the carrier has said that the roll-out will begin ‘before the end of the year’, and that more details will be revealed in August.

Founded in 2006, IndiGo’s fleet comprises mainly of A320-family aircraft. However, a wet-leased B777 and the A350 order announced in May signifies the carrier’s desire to become more than a domestic and regional LCC.

The codeshare will commence on India domestic routes which connect to JAL operated flights from/to Delhi and Bengaluru and is planned to be introduced with the winter schedule.

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