IndiGo upgauges Mumbai – Istanbul flight to Boeing 777

IndiGo, which has been offering Delhi – Istanbul operations with a damp-leased aircraft from Turkish Airlines since February 2023, has added the second such aircraft to its fleet today.

IndiGo inducts its second Boeing 777 aircraft.

IndiGo has inducted its second Boeing 777 aircraft (TC-LKB), on a damp lease, which will operate to and from Mumbai- Istanbul route, effective today, May 17, 2023. The Boeing 777 aircraft has a seating capacity of 400 passengers in a dual-class configuration with 24 business and 376 economy class. IndiGo has been operating its first wide-body- Boeing 777 aircraft (TC-LKA) on the Delhi- Istanbul route, which started on February 01, 2023.

As with the Delhi – Istanbul flight, customers can pre-book hot meals and purchase alcohol for in-flight consumption. The hot-meals menu available on Mumbai-Istanbul-Mumbai will include Tomato Cheese Omelette with Potato Wedges and Veg Cutlet; Aloo Rasmissa with Palak Poori, Corn and Peas Cutlet; Chana masala with Lachha paratha and Stuffed tomato; Chicken tikka masala with Basmati rice saffron and Black lentils and more such options.

On this occasion, Mr Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo, said:

We are pleased to induct our second Boeing 777 aircraft on damp lease, which will operate on the Mumbai-Istanbul route. Through this addition, we are implementing our strategy and delivering on our promise to provide more convenient travel options for people looking to travel between India and Europe this summer. Istanbul being a key stop, is also connecting 33 European destinations via our codeshare connectivity. The new aircraft will not only increase capacity on the route but also help in keeping the fares affordable. We are continuously reassuring our customers by delivering on our commitment of being on-time, affordable, courteous, and providing a hassle-free connectivity across an unparalleled network.

IndiGo also has a Boeing 777, which has been painted in its own livery awaiting induction.


IndiGo has now started operations for their second wide-body route, Mumbai – Istanbul. Along with the change of aircraft, IndiGo will start offering hot meals for pre-booking on this route as well now, and other amenities can also be booked for delivery on board, such as amenity kits and blankets.

Have you flown IndiGo on their flights to Istanbul? What has been your experience on the 777?

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  1. Travelled thrice on indigo as part of codeshare with QR/ BA/ indigo. Won’t book if it has a indigo connection. The company is expanding but can’t cope. They are greedy grabbing routes/ sectors but can’t handle. Lost my bags for three days, won’t give a penny. No hot meals even if it is code shared as BA or QR. No inflight entertainment. Worst customer handling service. They should.update their quality of service and remain within their means. Period.

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