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SpiceJet takes delivery of new Bombardier Q400 fleet

At a simple ceremony at Downsview Airport in Toronto, Canada on Friday 26th August, Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery of the first four Bombardier Q400 NextGen turbo-prop aircraft. SpiceJet has ordered 15 aircraft. The first aircraft VT-SUA named Saunf left on its ferry flight to India immediately after the ceremony. In fact the formal delivery ceremony was conducted …

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SpiceJet to take delivery of India’s first Bombardier Q400 this Friday

Indian low fare carrier Spicejet will take delivery of its first Bombardier Q400 next gen turbo-prop aircraft this Friday at Downsview Airport, Toronto, Canada. SpiceJet, late last year, ordered 15 of these advanced regional turbo-prop aircraft with an option for 15 more. The airline has already announced a strong regional route network from its first Q400 base at Hyderabad, which …

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Comparison of 1Q operating parameters of Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher, and SpiceJet

India has three airline groups which are listed on the stock market and therefore regularly release information on their quarterly and annual financial and operating performance. Jet Airways group comprising of full service carrier Jet Airways and its low cost subsidiary JetLite, (the low fare service Jet Airways Konnect’s numbers are rolled in to those of Jet Airways), fellow full …

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Analysis of SpiceJet’s Initial Bombardier Q400 Operation and New Hub at Hyderabad

Low cost carrier SpiceJet over the weekend revealed its initial Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 operations, with 225 weekly flights operating on 17 distinct city pairs (see end of post for the full operation). The new flights will all commence between September 21st and October 4th. Operations will be made possible by the delivery of 5 brand-new Q400s from Bombardier by …

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IndiGo and Jet lead performance and market share but also in passenger complaints

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation reported domestic performance metrics of the seven Indian carriers for February 2011. Overall traffic was up 18.46% to 4.576 million passengers from 3.863 million passengers a year earlier. Cumulative traffic for 2011 is up 19.62% to 9.511 million from 7.951 in 2010. The Jet Airways group, comprising of Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect and …

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Why SpiceJet should choose Bangalore to commence it’s Bombardier Q400 regional flights

Low fare carrier SpiceJet is expected to announce commencement of their regional operations using their recently ordered 15 Bombardier Q400 turb0-prop aircraft which are expected to start arriving from end June onwards. It appears SpiceJet will commence their regional operations from Hyderabad using their first four or five aircraft and then commence another hub from Bangalore in late 2011 or …

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Analysis: SpiceJet Q2 fiscal 2011 results and 30 Bombardier Q400 regional turbo-prop order

Gurgaon based low fare carrier SpiceJet, announced its fourth successive quarter of profits today. Even though, the carrier declared a meagre Rs. 100 million net profit for the second quarter (ending September 30, 2010) of the financial year 2010~2011, this is in sharp contrast to the loss of almost Rs. 1 billion compared to the same quarter last fiscal. The …

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Analysis of fleet share vs. passenger share in the Indian airline industry

Every month passengers are bombarded with statistics by various airlines in India. Best on-time performance, largest market share, most preferred airline …… the list is endless. Mathematical logic would dictate that an airline with the largest fleet of aircraft will have also have the largest share of the market, but an analysis of the passenger market share vs. the fleet …

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SpiceJet to commence international operations on October 7th with Kathmandu and Colombo flights

Indian low fare carrier SpiceJet has announced commencement of its long awaited international operations by opening bookings for its Delhi Kathmandu and Chennai Colombo services. SpiceJet will fly its 189 seat all economy Boeing 737-800 aircraft on these routes. The Delhi Kathmandu flight will be a six times a week service commencing on October 7th. The schedule is SG031 departs …

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Priority boarding – lessons from AirAsia to IndiGo and SpiceJet and for airports from temples

About two months ago, I flew AirAsia, rather Thai AirAsia for the first time. I could help but compare their services with those of Indian low fare carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet. There is a marked difference between AirAsia and the Indians. In some cases the Indians can learn, and some where AirAsia can learn. In the air, the crew friendliness …

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SpiceJet places order for 30 additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Sky Interior

Gurgaon, India based value carrier SpiceJet has placed a fresh order for 30 addition Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with deliveries commencing from 2014. The new aircraft will incorporate the new, spacious 737 Boeing Sky Interior (click link for images) with soft blue cove lighting, curving architecture and larger window that will offer a sense of spaciousness in the cabin and comfort …

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Sanjay Aggarwal quits as CEO of SpiceJet

India has lost a dynamic and professional CEO in the airline industry. Sanjay Aggarwal has quit SpiceJet. Sanjay Aggarwal tendered his resignation after a board meeting on June 30, as per The Mint newspaper. Kishore Gupta, a representative of the Kansagara family on the airline board is likely to be the acting CEO till a permanent replacement is named. This …

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Kalanithi Maran’s takeover will make SpiceJet a game changer in Indian aviation

After six months of discussions, it is finally official. Media baron and political heavyweight, Kalanithi Maran will acquire a majority stake in low fare carrier SpiceJet.Mr. Maran in his individual capacity and via his aviation company KAL Airways jointly owned with wife Kaveri, will initially acquire the 37.73% stake of the Kansagara family promoted Royal Holding Services Ltd., Wilbur Ross …

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SpiceJet sponsors the first ever plane spotting photo contest in India

This is good news for the members of the Aviation Photographers India. Gurgaon based value carrier is breaking new ground and sponsoring the first ever plane spotting photo contest in India. Winners will get free round-trip tickets on the SpiceJet network. The pictures can be uploaded to the SpiceJet Facebook page or sent via e-mail to spicejet.photos@gmail.com. Full details of …

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Indian airline market overview for 2010

I was recently interviewed by AirObserver on the outlook for 2010 for carriers in India, with a specific focus on the low fare / value carrier segment. Please read the interview here. For an in-depth feature comparison between various Indian carriers I recommend this article . I also recommend these articles as additional reading for more details on the low …

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SpiceJet’s new TV advertisements

Gurgaon based value carrier has introduced some clever advertising on TV screens across the nation promoting features of the airline like web check in which is also offered by other low fare competitors, and complimentary supervision of unaccompanied minors which is a USP for the carrier.

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SpiceJet review – Q3 results, preparations for international operations, new aircraft

India’s second largest value carrier, SpiceJet, has been in the news over the last ten days with a variety of announcements. Maintenance contract with MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering Company Ltd. and MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE) SpiceJet has signed a three year maintenance support agreement with MAE for the carrier’s fleet of all Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ER aircraft. SpiceJet is the launch …

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