IndiGo on Sunday said it is looking at enabling codeshare connectivity to the US and Canada through its partnership with Turkish Airlines.
On Friday, a senior official told PTI that the airline has received approval from the civil aviation ministry to wet lease up to two planes for operating flights to the United States and Canada. In response to queries on the same, IndiGo on Sunday said it constantly evaluates and discusses opportunities with aircraft manufacturers, but at this stage, it is pure speculation.
“At present, our objective is to enable codeshare connectivity to the US and Canada via our partnership with Turkish Airlines after the required application and approval process,” the statement said.
Codesharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence.
The airline’s plans also come against the backdrop of Air India starting to ramp up its international operations and expanding fleet with new aircraft orders.
Under the wet lease arrangement, planes are leased along with the operating crew and engineers. Generally, wet leasing of planes is allowed for short periods to tackle supply constraints and ensure that airfares do not surge significantly.
There are also reports that the airline might place significant orders for new aircraft.
Currently, the airline has more than 300 planes in its fleet and around 500 aircraft are on order.
IndiGo, the country’s largest airline in terms of domestic market share and operating around 1,800 flights daily, is focusing on the internationalisation of operations, preparing to fly to more overseas destinations.
In an interview with PTI in February, IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers said the airline has always kept the option of wide-body aircraft open but did not divulge specific details.
“IndiGo has never ruled out any option. We do have a significant order book. We have almost 500 aircraft on order… we have a steady stream of deliveries coming.
“Our focus and emphasis will be on that part. We do have the XLRs order that will further stretch the range of operations for IndiGo,” he had said.