IndiGo celebrates 17 years

IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, is celebrating its 17th anniversary today. The airline has revealed this very cool video to celebrate the occasion and link the IndiGo growth story to the India story.

Of course, quirky advertising is not new for IndiGo, and they have made many such in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Pieter Elbers, CEO, IndiGo, said,

IndiGo’s 17th anniversary is a testament to the unwavering support and trust our customers have placed in us. We take immense pride in these extraordinary achievements and strive to continue redefining the aviation landscape. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we extend our gratitude to our customers and partners. These achievements over the years have been made possible by the unwavering dedication and professionalism of our 6E stars for which I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of them. Going forward, we remain committed to our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experience across a wide network. It is the belief of our passengers that help us soar towards new heights and across new frontiers.

Numerous pioneering achievements have marked the journey of IndiGo:

  1. IndiGo’s inaugural flight operated from Delhi to Guwahati, creating a new milestone in domestic connectivity on August 4, 2006
  2. IndiGo introduced the pioneering concept of ramps for boarding and deboarding on August 4, 2006, enhancing passenger convenience and safety.
  3. The 17th domestic destination, Ahmedabad, was added to IndiGo’s expanding network on January 29, 2008,
  4. IndiGo reached a significant milestone by launching its first international flight to the city of Dubai on September 1, 2011
  5. In August 2015, the airline introduced the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), becoming the first in the region to embrace digital solutions for operational efficiency.
  6. IndiGo embraced the A320neo aircraft, with registration VT-ITC (MSN 6799), on March 10, 2016.
  7. The airline’s first ATR aircraft, registered as VT-IYA (MSN 1457), took to the skies on November 17, 2017, solidifying its regional presence.
  8. IndiGo became the first Indian carrier to operate 1000 flights a day on December 22, 2017, showcasing its operational prowess.
  9. The airline ventured into the UDAN scheme, launching the Kochi to Hubballi route in January 2018, making air travel accessible to more regions.
  10. IndiGo unveiled its first A321 aircraft on December 27, 2018.
  11. IndiGo expanded its horizons by adding Jeddah as its 17th international destination on June 8, 2019.
  12. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, IndiGo operated its maiden SAF fuel flight on February 18, 2022, from TLS to Delhi.
  13. IndiGo led the industry by being the first airline to offer 3-point disembarkation effective August 2022, further streamlining passenger movement.
  14. IndiGo added the city of Ras-Al-Khaimah as its 100th destination on September 22, 2022.
  15. IndiGo set a new record with the maximum number of 3 lakh customers per day in May 2023
  16. The airline’s ambitious order book made history on June 19, 2023, with the largest order in aviation history of 500 aircraft, bringing the order book close to 1,000 aircraft and solidifying its position as the airline with the biggest order in the industry.

On its birthday, August 4th, IndiGo also crossed a significant milestone by reaching 1,900 flights per day.

IndiGo has hit it out of the park, becoming the largest air carrier in India in a short time, with an organised pipeline of aircraft and expansion. So much so that while everyone else kept experimenting and changing tack, IndiGo has gone ahead and conquered approximately two third of the Indian domestic market.

What do you make of IndiGo’s massive market share in Indian aviation and its stupendous growth?

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  1. Travelled yesterday Doha – Mumbai sector on 6E s 17th birthday, their A321. They announced on board. Didn’t offer any freebees on board though ! I had a Qatar Airways ticket for connecting journey, so I got a snack and juice. The landing at BOM was terrible though.

    Couple of weeks ago took the early morning Doha- Mumbai sector. This is early morning departure at 4.40 am. It’s peak time for ppl to sleep. Atleast 6E needs to give some blankets on such flights.

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