SpiceJet to induct 16 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, applies for import NOC
New Delhi, April 12, 2019
Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it planned to induct 16 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft on dry lease and had applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to import the aircraft.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the aircraft would begin joining SpiceJet fleet in the next ten days, a press release from the airline said.
The move by SpiceJet comes at a time when there has been a sharp reduction in the capacity of airlines in the country due to various factors, including the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft because of safety issues and the financial crisis facing full-service carrier Jet Airways, which has drastically reduced its fleet.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “This is the first lot of Boeing 737s that we are inducting in our fleet. The sudden reduction of aviation capacity has created a challenging environment in the sector. SpiceJet is committed to working closely with the government authorities to augment capacity and minimize passenger inconvenience.”
"The new inductions will not just bring down flight cancellations to nil but also help in SpiceJet’s aggressive international and domestic expansion plans," the release added.
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