How IndiGo Became India’s Largest Carrier In Just 6 Years

IndiGo is one of India’s early low-cost airlines, founded in 2005 and beginning flying in 2006. However, from early on, IndiGo did things differently from other airlines, opting to place a huge aircraft order before it even launched services. In the six years following its first flight, IndiGo rapidly grew to become India’s largest airline. Let’s find out how IndiGo became India’s biggest in such a short span of time.

IndiGo’s original order for 100 Airbus A320s allowed it to grow its network quickly. Photo: Getty Images

Game changing of IndiGo

IndiGo came into the market when there were few low-cost airlines and full-service carriers largely dominated. This meant airlines like Jet Airways, Indian Airlines (now a part of Air India), and Kingfisher were market leaders at the time. However, IndiGo wanted to shake up the market with its ultra-low fares and smooth passenger experience.

The first bold decision came in 2005 when IndiGo placed an order for 100 A320–200s. At the time, such a large order from an Indian airline was unheard of. The order was valued at over $6bn, a significant sum for a startup. However, IndiGo wanted its planes fast and wanted to expand its fleet rapidly. It got both.

IndiGo’s uniform fleet strategy has served it well in the last decade and a half, making it Airbus’ biggest customer by planes on order. Photo: Laurent ERRERA via Wikimedia Commons

IndiGo took delivery of its first A320 in July 2006, just over a year after placing its order.

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