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IndiGo's Fuel-Saving Strategy Under Scrutiny: DGCA Imposes Fine & Safety Concerns Arise Among Pilots

IndiGo's fuel-saving strategy of recommending soft landings with only three wing flaps to save ~6 kilolitres of fuel per flight faces backlash as pilots express concerns over unsafe landings and tail strikes.

-- Pilots reveal mounting fatigue levels due to increased duty timings and raise questions about flight safety and pilot well-being.

- Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) imposes ₹30 lakh fine on IndiGo after a special audit reveals "systemic deficiencies" in operations, training, and engineering procedures following four tail strike incidents within six months.

-> Pilots KPI: Tracking airlines' fuel usage

-> Estimated Cost Savings: Rs. 1.25 Lacs x 6 kilolitres = ~Rs. 7.5 Lacs per flight per landing

-> Passengers at risk: ~225 per flight per landing (Priceless)

The Impact:

- Damage to Goodwill: Passengers' confidence may get affected in light of recent safety incidents and the DGCA's findings of systemic flaws. They may hesitate to choose indigo unless some tangible improvements in safety protocols are implemented.

-- Pilot Retention and Morale: Increased emphasis on fuel-saving measures clubbed with increased duty timings and potential pressure on pilots to follow specific landing procedures may negatively affect pilot morale and retention and lead to workforce challenges.

Country: India 🇮🇳

Company: InterGlobe Aviation Limited

Industry: Aviation

Cost Element: Fuel Costs

Nature: Opex

Cost Classification: Variable Cost + Operations Overheads



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