AviationNew routes, new aircraft and now a new commercial tie-up for Indian’s fast-growing airline

IndiGo inks one-way codeshare with Qatar Airways

IndiGo builds Middle East connections
IndiGo builds Middle East connections

DOHA - Indian airline IndiGo has signed a one-way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways will place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

However, the codeshare will not work in the opposite direction. That means Indian travellers heading on from Doha to other parts of the world will still need book two separate itineraries for their onward travels.

IndiGo has been further strengthening its position with rapid domestic and international expansion this year, with entry into Vietnam, Myanmar, China and Saudi Arabia in FY2019-20.

In October, IndiGo placed a firm order for 300 A320neo Family aircraft. This marks one of Airbus’ largest aircraft orders ever with a single airline operator.

But it’s not all good news for IndiGo. As reported in Travel Weekly Asia, India’s civil aviation authority (DGCA) has ordered IndiGo to replace every engine on its Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo family aircraft in 13 weeks.

Across Indigo’s fleet of 98 neos, 196 engines must be replaced by the end of January.

The DGCA apologised to IndiGo for the inconvenience but stated that it needed “desperate measures to put things in order” as a result of several incidents involving IndiGo’s P&W powered A320neo family jets.

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI