Showing posts with label SpiceJet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SpiceJet. Show all posts

13 April, 2022

90 SpiceJet pilots banned from flying Boeing 737 MAX jets by regulators.

90 SpiceJet pilots banned from flying Boeing 737 MAX jets by regulators.

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has put a hold on 90 Pilots from airline SpiceJet from flying Boeing 737 MAX jets over training issues.

The DGCA Director-General Arun Kumar told local media “For the moment, we have barred these pilots from flying Max and they have to retrain successfully for flying Max.” Kumar also warned the DGCA “will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse.” After revelations that the stick shaker wasn’t operational on the simulator training, the pilots had taken.

The budget carrier has 650 pilots rated to fly the 737 MAX fleet, of which it has 11 examples and only needs 144 pilots to operate them, therefore its operations will not be affected.  The airline also indicated in a statement that whilst those 90 pilots required retraining on the 737 MAX, they were still available to pilot other 737 models.

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06 August, 2020

India's SpiceJet repatriates 269 Indians from Amsterdam and gets slots at London Heathrow.

SpiceJet repatriates 269 Indians from Amsterdam
Operates its maiden long-haul charter flight to
 Hyderabad & Bengaluru

The Indian airline SpiceJet has operated its maiden long-haul charter flight bringing back home 269 Indians from Amsterdam to Bengaluru and Hyderabad on Sunday 2nd August.

The airline operated its first-ever long-haul charter flight from Amsterdam on an A330-900 Neo aircraft. The flight arrived in Bengaluru at 8.58 am IST and the same aircraft then proceeded to Hyderabad with the remaining passengers.

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet is immensely proud to operate its maiden long-haul repatriation flight from Amsterdam to India and bring back home our fellow Indian nationals. This is a historic moment for SpiceJet and Indian aviation.”

“I have always believed that there is an opportunity in every adversity and time and again SpiceJet has tried to convert a crisis into an opportunity. This global pandemic has taught us many things and given us an opportunity to show our true potential. SpiceJet emerged as the No.1 Cargo Company in India during the pandemic. We have successfully repatriated over 75,000 Indian citizens operating more than 450 charter flights from different parts of the world. This repatriation flight from Amsterdam is another feather in our cap and we hope to do many more such flights in the coming days.”

The twin-aisle A330 aircraft from Hi Fly used by SpiceJet has a configuration of 353 economy and 18 business class seats.

London Heathrow Slots

The airline has confirmed it has purchased slots at London Heathrow airport from the first of next month and would be looking to start a daily service once regulatory approval has been gained. The carrier said "SpiceJet has secured slots at London Heathrow Airport to operate flights effective September 1. This is presently under the bubble arrangement between India and UK and effective up to end of summer schedule, which is October 23 - The same shall be extended basis the resumption of regular operations," 

SpiceJet was also looking to get slots at Heathrow for the winter season as well, SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said, "London is one of the busiest long-haul destinations from India and this is a huge milestone for SpiceJet. Providing non-stop connectivity from India to different parts of the world, which in turn strengthens our own airport hubs, is a dream that we have long cherished and this is a small step in that direction."

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03 May, 2020

MGH Flies SpiceJet Charters Ensuring India's Supply Chain Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

MGH Flies SpiceJet Charters Ensuring India's Supply Chain Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

 SpiceJet's fleet of five dedicated freighters are crisscrossing the global skies carrying vital supplies including medicines, medical devices, cold-chain medical supplies, farm produce for various governments, medical and pharma companies, retailers and farmer bodies in this global war against COVID-19 pandemic.   
SpiceJet has transported around 4000 tons of cargo on over 430 flights since the nation-wide lockdown began in India a month back - more than 70% of all air cargo carried by Indian airlines.

SpiceJet, India's second-largest airline, has ferried crucial medical supplies to and from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Ho Chi Minh City, Colombo, Kabul, and Dubai, amongst other places. SpiceJet's cargo operations have been significantly boosted by the airline's passenger aircraft fleet where both its B737 and Q400 aircraft have been operating cargo-on-seat flights.

27 November, 2019

Emirates and SpiceJet seal codeshare deal

 Emirates has signed a codeshare and interline agreement* with SpiceJet to give travellers to and from India seamless access to a wider and a stronger route network. This is the first-ever codeshare agreement signed by SpiceJet.

From early 2020, customers travelling to India can take advantage of many more flight options on routes common to both airlines – Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi. Emirates’ customers can conveniently book and connect seamlessly in Dubai on direct services to Amritsar, Calicut, Mangalore, Madurai, Jaipur and Pune – routes served by SpiceJet.

The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket with attractive fares to any of Emirates’ nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet’s network. SpiceJet’s domestic network includes popular destinations like Goa, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Jaisalmer, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Guwahati, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Shirdi, Tirupati, Udaipur and Varanasi.

24 April, 2019

SpiceJet and Emirates set up codeshare deal

Emirates and SpiceJet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open new routes and destinations for passengers travelling between India and popular destinations across Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East.

Subject to necessary government approvals, the partnership will enable Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on flights to India, leveraging SpiceJet’s strong domestic presence and adding six new destinations: Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai and Calicut - to the nine existing cities in India served by Emirates. This will bolster Emirates’ already-extensive network adding a total of 67 weekly connections between Emirates’ hub in Dubai to these six fast-growing destinations in India. This includes increased domestic connectivity from Emirates’ nine Indian gateways to points such as Goa, Hubli, Guwahati, Vishakhapatnam and Tuticorin which would allow for a greater variety of travel options between both Emirates and SpiceJet flights.

08 January, 2019

12 new routes starting 20th January for SpiceJet

India's low-cost airline SpiceJet, will be launching 12 new non-stop flights in just under two weeks time that will expand its route network.

SpiceJet will be the first Indian carrier to introduce daily direct flights on the Dehradun-Jammu, Dehradun-Jaipur and Dehradun-Amritsar routes. SpiceJet has also enhanced frequencies on the Jaipur-Varanasi (2nd frequency), Chennai-Madurai (4th frequency) and Hyderabad-Vijayawada (3rd frequency) sectors. The new flights reiterate the airline’s focus on augmenting regional connectivity.

Flights on all the routes are daily except on Chennai-Madurai where flights will not operate on Tuesdays. SpiceJet will deploy its Bombardier Q400s on all these routes thereby further strengthening the airline’s network across North and South India.

12 October, 2018

SpiceJet get first Boeing 737 Max 8

Photo Craig Larson photo
One of India's leading airlines, SpiceJet recieved its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from the US manufacturer on Friday, October 12th October   The new arrival to the SpiceJet fleet is the first of up to 205 examples of the 737 MAX family the carrier has ordered from Boeing.

SpiceJet will be using the aircraft to both standardise its fleet as well as expand its global route network, "We are excited to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8," SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said, adding, "The induction of our first MAX is a huge milestone in SpiceJet's journey. These new aeroplanes will enable us to open new routes while reducing fuel and engineering costs, as well as emissions.  The 737 MAX will dramatically reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Passengers will benefit from a large number of premium seats and, for the first time in India, broadband internet on board."

"India is a fast-growing market for commercial aeroplanes and services," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "The 737 MAX for SpiceJet is the perfect aeroplane for this market and it will become a key ingredient for long-term success, especially as oil prices continue to put pressure on airlines."

The new aircraft are arriving at a pivotal time in the Indian commercial aviation industry, back on June 20th the Indian Government confirmed it had failed to find a buyer for its stake in debt-ridden national carrier Air India. While Etihad Airways backed rival Jet Airways has been struggling to pay wages on time to staff as costs and fuel prices soar. 

02 October, 2018

SpiceJet to launch new services

One of India’s major airlines, SpiceJet has recently announced additions to its flight network, last week it advised it would start Ahmedabad-Jaisalmer and Surat-Jaisalmer services.

SpiceJet says it will begin the Ahmedabad-Jaisalmer operation on 31st October, while Ahmedabad and Surat-Jaisalmer-Surat route would begin on 30th November this year. Additionally, SpiceJet is all set to enhance its operations on the Surat-Goa sector with a second direct flight from 30th November.

The airline is also starting a new daily non-stop flight between Delhi and Hong Kong with effect of 22nd November, using a state-of-the-art brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This will be SpiceJet’s eighth International destination after Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Dhaka, Kabul, Male and Muscat.

24 September, 2018

First 90-seat Q400 aircraft delivered to SpiceJet

At the end of last week, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the first 90-seat Q400 aircraft to India's SpiceJet,  the launch operator for the extra-capacity, 90-seat aircraft.

“We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will be able to address our market needs in the regional space.”

10 September, 2018

SpiceJet embarking on cargo only project from next Tuesday!

SpiceJet Ltd confirmed today that it will be launching a dedicated cargo service from next Tuesday, 18th September.  

The move comes as the airline is desperate to boost income and expand its offering above and beyond the normal commercial passenger operations.  SpiceJet says they are working towards a separate pure air cargo fleet Boeing 737 jets and expects to be operating the first four in the early part of next year.  

The airline also expects air freight demand within India to increase by at least 60% during the next five years and as such the carrier wants to be ready to capitalise on this growth.  The airline said, it ideally wanted to increase its cargo capacity to up to 900 tonnes per day during 2019.  The current tonnage as approximately 500 tonnes per day. 

02 August, 2018

90 seat configuration approved for Bombardier’s Q400 aircraft

Bombardier's commercial aircraft department confirmed yesterday that it had received certification from Transport Canada for a 90 seat cabin configuration on its Q400 aircraft!

The company sees this as a major milestone in the types development and another step in its continuous improvement of its Q400 aircraft, aimed at addressing traffic growth and customer bottom line, regardless of passenger comfort or space. The 90 seat configuration offers a seat pitch of 28 inches at its widest, so you'll not want to be squashed in there for long flights. Other improvements under development includes a 2,000-lb-increase in payload capacity and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours. Such a jump in interval times for maintenance checks will certainly ease an airline's bottom line, but at what cost to passenger safety?  Full stats on the Q400 are available here

01 October, 2017

Bombardier & Spicejet Mega Q400 Order

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on Friday 29th that it has concluded a firm purchase agreement with the Indian airline SpiceJet for up to 50 Q400 turboprop aircraft, making it the largest single order ever for the Q400.
This latest order for the popular Q400 turboprop takes the firm orders to over 600 aircraft and will mean Spicejet will be first in the world to operate a 90-seat turboprop. Subject to pending certification by regulatory authorities.

The purchase agreement includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft. Based on list prices, the order is valued at up to US $ 1.7 billion.

“We are very proud to firm up this agreement with SpiceJet as it is another demonstration of the Q400’s unique versatility. This repeat order will not only increase the Q400 aircraft fleet in the fast-growing regional market in India and in the Asia-Pacific region but will also launch the high-density 90‑passenger model,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This order confirms the airlines’ increased capacity needs on regional routes with high passenger demand and demonstrates the increased profitability potential that this unique turboprop configuration has to offer.”

19 September, 2017

Mumbai Airport Closed Due to SpiceJet Overrun

Mumbai Airport closed on Tuesday 19th September after heavy rains caused a SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 to overshoot the main runway on landing.

The SpiceJet flight SG703 coming in from Varanasi is believed to have aquaplaned on the wet tarmac and got stuck in the mud causing an evacuation of the aircraft and the closure of the airport.  

 Read more on the incident here