The low-cost Indian airline wants to reduce the time its planes spend on the ground. In addition, Indigo now allows passengers to disembark on the right side of the plane.
The maximum number of seats per plane, a one-size-fits-all fleet, no frills and luxurious cabins – all this contributes to the fact that low-cost airlines can be cheap. But there is at least one more thing that is important for making money: planes are allowed to spend as little time on the ground as possible. This applies even more to low-cost service providers than to other airlines.
The key to this is the short delivery times. After the plane has landed and reached its parking position, you should leave it again as quickly as possible and take off again. In the meantime, it will be unpacked, cleaned, loaded and more.
Three to five minutes to save time
India’s low-cost airline Indigo is now preparing to speed up disembarkation of passengers. To do this, it uses a special scale: it no longer allows passengers to descend only through a set of stairs in the front and one in the back on the left side of the plane. Indigo places another set of stairs at the front right of the plane – at the door, which is used shortly thereafter, for example, for a catering invitation.
Indigo claims to be the first airline in the world to do so. The goal is to increase operational efficiency and become more punctual, according to the airline. According to their own data, the average response time is currently 30-35 minutes. The new checkout process should save three to five minutes.
Departure from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru
Three-door boarding will be offered on Airbus A320 and A321, which together with the ATR 72 make up the fleet. The transfer will start at the external car parks of Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports. Subsequently, a gradual expansion was planned, with the goal that 70 percent of Indigo courses in India would eventually operate in this way.
Moreover Ryanair is already thinking in the eye of the needle door. Ten years ago, the low-cost airline planned to build a prototype with a larger entrance area with Chinese manufacturer Comac. According to Ryanair, you want two people to walk in the door at the same time. Nothing came of it.
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