SpiceJet adds 100th aircraft to its fleet
SpiceJet, the country’s favourite airline, has crossed yet another major milestone as it inducted its 100th aircraft – a Boeing 737 – into its fleet.
SpiceJet’s fleet now comprises of 68 Boeing 737s, 30 Bombardier Q-400s and two B737 freighters. The airline operates 575 average daily flights to 62 destinations – 53 domestic and nine international. SpiceJet has added 23 planes and over a hundred new flights, majority of them connecting the key metros of Mumbai and Delhi, in just over a month’s time.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet had launched the airline in the year 2005 with the objective of making flying affordable for all. After a successful tenure, he exited from the airline in 2010 before buying it back again from near shut down in 2015. He has since scripted one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in global aviation.
SpiceJet is India’s largest regional player operating 42 daily flights under the government’s regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said: “Who could have thought that from the brink of closure in December 2014, SpiceJet would have a 100-aircraft fleet in 2019! Leading SpiceJet from a near shutdown to being one of finest airlines in India has been a fantastic journey and a real honour for me. The credit for our success goes to each and every SpiceJetter who has worked relentlessly to write this incredible story that the world speaks of with admiration and awe.”
SpiceJet had placed a $22 billion order for 205 aircraft planes with Boeing in 205 and had followed it up with a $1.7 billion order for 50 Bombardier Q400 planes — the single biggest order for the Q400 in Bombardier’s history.
About SpiceJet Ltd
SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates 575 average daily flights to 62 destinations, including 53 domestic and 9 international ones. The airline has a fleet of 68 Boeing 737, 30 Bombardier Q-400s and two B737 freighters. SpiceJet offers business class seating – SpiceBiz – on key domestic routes. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.
The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes. SpiceJet is the first Indian airline to offer end-to-end cargo services and the airline’s freighters fleet consists of Boeing 737 aircraft.
SpiceJet’s standing as the country’s favourite airline has been further reinforced by the multiple awards and recognitions which includes the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Leadership Award to Ajay Singh, , Global ‘Low-Cost Leadership Award’ conferred to Mr Singh at the Airline Strategy Awards 2018 in London, ‘BML Munjal Awards 2018’ for ‘Business Excellence through Learning and Development’, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ Award at Wings India 2018, ‘EY Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Business Transformation’ by Ernst & Young, The CAPA Chairman’s Order of Merit for fastest turnaround in FY 2016, ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands – 2016’, ‘Global Asian of the Year Award’ & ‘Asia’s Greatest CFO 2016’ at the AsiaOne Awards held in Singapore, ‘World Travel Leaders Award’ at WTM London, ‘Best Check- in Initiative’ award by Future Travel Experience global awards in Las Vegas, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ award at the 10th ASSOCHAM International Conference & Awards (Civil Aviation & Tourism).