Over 60 aircraft now covered.
Paris Le Bourget, Amstelveen, 18 June 2013 - AFI KLM E&M and Indian low-cost airline IndiGo are to step up their cooperation in the framework of the A320 component support contract linking the two groups since 2007. The scope of the agreement has been modified and has now been extended for several years. It still covers access to the spares pool, repair services, and dedicated logistics support.
The agreement, which initially concerned a total of 52 A320s, now covers over 60 aircraft and this is set to be further extended with the new A320 deliveries to IndiGo scheduled for late 2013 and 2014. The two partners have also agreed that the Indian carrier's future A320 NEO passenger aircraft, whose first deliveries are scheduled for 2016, may be included within the scope of the component support agreement at a later stage, at IndiGo's option. During the early years of the support agreement, the two groups developed a trust-based relationship with an outstanding level of technical cooperation directed towards achieving optimum performance and availability for the IndiGo fleet.
Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo, said: "We are delighted to continue our cooperation with a world leader in aircraft maintenance services. Our satisfaction with the support already provided by AFI KLM E&M, together with their expertise on the A320 product, convinced us to continue placing our trust in them." Franck Terner, President Air France Industries, pinpointed "the excellent quality of our relations with IndiGo. We are proud to support the development of this young and hugely successful airline and will be only too happy to continue providing it with the best support possible."
IndiGo is India's largest airline, with a market share of 29.8 per cent as of April 2013, and the country's largest low fare carrier. IndiGo is the fastest growing low cost carrier in the world (source: CAPA). It has flown over 55 million passengers in six years, and was recognized as the Best Low Cost Airline in India and Central Asia at the Skytrax World Airline Awards both in 2010/2011 and 2012.
From the very start of operations IndiGo has had a simple philosophy: offer fares that are always low, flights that are on time, and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience. IndiGo's On Time Performance is one of the best in India. IndiGo's Technical Dispatch Reliability is 99.91%, making it the airline with the fewest cancellations in India. With its fleet of 66 new Airbus A320 aircraft, the airline offers 422 daily flights connecting 33 destinations. IndiGo is part of InterGlobe, which has been consecutively listed in the Top 50 companies to work for in India for the last five years.
IndiGo is led by its President, Aditya Ghosh and is promoted by InterGlobe Enterprises and Mr. Rakesh Gangwal, an aviation industry veteran and entrepreneur. InterGlobe Enterprises is a leader in aviation and travel related services, growing the market through innovation and service leadership. We build businesses and represent global brands that deliver quality and value. Established in 1989, with headquarters in Gurgaon, InterGlobe today has a network of 126 offices across 59 cities globally. InterGlobe employs more than 11,000 professionals across its businesses, which include IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation), InterGlobe Technologies, InterGlobe Air Transport, InterGlobe Technology Quotient, InterGlobe Hotels, InterGlobe Retail, and InterGlobe Established.