FLY­ING START

India Today - - STATES - —Sh­weta Punj

GO INDIGO

IndiGo, set up by Rahul Bha­tia and Rakesh Gang­wal in 2004, be­gan op­er­a­tions in 2006, when the first of its Air­bus A320 air­craft was de­liv­ered. Be­gin­ning in Au­gust with a Delhi to Im­phal via Guwahati flight, IndiGo has grown to be­come In­dia’s largest, most prof­itable air­line, with a 40 per cent mar­ket share. It has dis­bursed al­most $900 mil­lion in div­i­dends in the past five years.

EV­ERY TIME, ON TIME

IndiGo be­gan as a single class, no frills air­line. It didn’t even of­fer a fre­quent flyer pro­gramme. What it did prom­ise was a clean, on-time fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in brand new planes. IndiGo has made air travel a vi­able op­tion for many In­di­ans, even com­pet­ing with the rail­ways in terms of value and af­ford­abil­ity.

WELCOME ABROAD

IndiGo re­cently ex­pressed in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing the in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions of Air In­dia, as well as Air In­dia Ex­press. It in­tends to be­come a ma­jor player in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. It cur­rently flies to seven in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. IndiGo is buy­ing 250 Air­bus air­craft, mak­ing it the largest cus­tomer for the Air­bus A320.

SKY CAP­TAIN IndiGo’s Rahul Bha­tia

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