Book Reviews


Book Review - The Indigo Story

Jayan Kandathil

First published

This book was written by a senior Indian business journalist Shelley Vishwajeet and published by India's Rupa Publications in 2018.

It is about the Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo Airlines. Its parent company is [InterGlobe]. Besides aviation, it has interests in hospitality (owns/manages all of Accor Hotels's Ibis hotels in India) and pilot training (using CAE simulators).

IndiGo was started in 2005 by Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal. Rahul's father ran a travel agency, while Rakesh was CEO of [US Airways] from 1998-2001 (before 9/11). [US Airways] merged with [American Airlines] in 2013.

Rahul has an engineering degree from Canada's [University of Waterloo]. He returned to India in 1985.

Rakesh has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is a US citizen. Before working for [US Airways], he had worked for [United Airlines] and [Air France].

According to the book's author, its next area of expansion is international where its major competition from India is Vistara, a joint venture between India's TATA conglomerate and [Singapore Airlines]. It is acquiring 50 Airbus A330 aircraft for this purpose.

Also being planned is expansion within India with flights to so called "tier-II" cities. 50 ATR 72 turboprops are being acquired for this.

India's airspace and airports are managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).