Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo is close to securing wet-lease capacity, as global supply-chain challenges weigh on aircraft deliveries and maintenance.

Speaking during a second-quarter earnings briefing on 4 November, IndiGo chief executive Pieter Elbers said that alongside extending the leases of some of its Airbus-dominated fleet, “a possible wet-lease operation” is in the works.

Asked directly whether the aircraft involved are widebodies – a development that would be a significant departure for the all-narrowbody operator – he does not confirm or deny the idea, only saying that IndiGo is “in the process of finalising” a wet-lease deal.

Recent reports have suggested that IndiGo will wet-lease widebody jets from codeshare partner Turkish Airlines. 

The move comes as supply-chain challenges “are forcing us to look at different ways and means to make sure we have the capacity to operate”, Elbers says.

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IndiGo’s fleet has grown beyond pre-crisis levels already

The issues mean IndiGo is offering no guidance on its 2023 capacity, while noting it expects to be 13-17% up on pre-Covid levels for full-year 2022.

Asked for how long he expects the supply-chain challenges to continue, Elbers suggests OEMs might be better placed to answer, but states: “It will not be solved tomorrow; it will take some time.”

Cirium fleets data indicates IndiGo has more than 500 aircraft on order – nearly all of which are Airbus A320neo-family jets, alongside 15 ATR 72-600s.

It had 279 aircraft in service as of 30 September this year, comprising 149 A320neos, 68 A321neos, 26 A320s, 35 ATR turboprops and a single A321 freigther.