Rahul Bhatia readies IndiGo for its biggest challenge yet

The order of Airbus A350-900 wide-body aircraft puts in motion the most ambitious and riskiest project undertaken by the airline’s founder. As things stand, the odds are stacked against him.

Late last month, Rahul Bhatia-led IndiGo announced its order for 30 Airbus A350-900 wide-body aircraft, with plans to expand to 100 in the future. This is a first for the country’s largest airline, which till now had only narrow-body planes in its fleet. 

Make no mistake about what IndiGo is attempting to do. The airline is already among the top 10 in the world when it comes to fleet and passengers carried. With the addition of wide-body aircraft to its fleet, IndiGo is revving up its international strategy. But does this addition, a sort of hybridization in a way, …


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