IndiGo accelerated A320ceo retirement since COVID19. From peak of 157, now it is down to 64. There seems to be no pattern which one they would retire next, they are retiring both factory fresh and pre-owned A320ceo. Given the current pandemic, do you guys think IndiGo will take delivery of all new aircraft they have on order?
A320neo - 122 delivered out of 342
A321neo - 41 delivered out of 161
A321LR and A321neoLR - 248 (none delivered yet)
ATR 72 - 25 delivered out of 50
I believe they will eventually take all the planes they have ordered, but it will be in a phased manner. Right from day one of operations, IndiGo had planned to retire airframes after a six years of use, replacing them with newer planes from its massive order-book.
However, because of delays related to the NEO programme and also because IndiGo notched up their growth plans to match the domestic demand in India, the airline was forced to source A320ceos from the 'pre-owned' market, in order to quickly grow their fleet. They also had to delay the retirement of their older 'first-hand' ceos.
The pandemic-driven drop in demand is a good opportunity for them to retire those older planes faster, temporarily shrinking the fleet. CEO Ronojoy Dutta had mentioned in October 2020 that IndiGo will trim its fleet size over the next two years.https://theprint.in/economy/indigo-to-t ... on/534013/
Another, older article on this topichttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... h-guidance