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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet plans Hong Kong debut in Nov 2018

SpiceJet on its website opened reservation for its latest international route addition, as it schedules Delhi – Hong Kong nonstop flight.
From 22NOV18, Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate this route on daily basis.

SG031 DEL2245 – 0640+1HKG 738 D
SG032 HKG0740 – 1050DEL 738 D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SpiceJet plans Hong Kong debut in Nov 2018

SpiceJet on its website opened reservation for its latest international route addition, as it schedules Delhi – Hong Kong nonstop flight.
From 22NOV18, Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate this route on daily basis.

SG031 DEL2245 – 0640+1HKG 738 D
SG032 HKG0740 – 1050DEL 738 D


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5.5 hours on a 737 sounds tough
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenya Airways does 6h+ on BOM-NBO! But yes, I agree, anything more than ~3 hours is pretty rough on a small narrowbody.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

won't mind 6+ hours on EMB-175/190, J class at the cost of Y. AC does it YYZ-YVR in 4-5hrs.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MAX.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

King Chilli to help Spicejet launch Hong Kong flights

Indian low cost carrier (LCC) Spicejet has opened reservations for flights to Hong Kong from Delhi. The flights are open for sale effective 22nd of November 2018 and operate as per below timings.

SG 31 DEL 2245 – 0640+1 HKG

SG 32 HKG 0740 – 1050 DEL

The airline had attempted a Blue Oceans strategy in 2013 and part of it had launched services to Guangzhou from Delhi in February 2013. The flights which operated 4x weekly at its peak were pulled out by March 2014.

Hong Kong Airport (IATA: HKG) is one of the most congested airports with limited slots on offer and for an airline to obtain these peak slots is an achievement. Air India has been attempting to get slots at Hong Kong to connect the city to Mumbai directly and has been unable to get slots of preference. IATA guidelines help new carriers get priority over existing operators at an airport for slot distribution. Slots can also be leased or purchased at select airports worldwide.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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King Chilli to help Spicejet launch Hong Kong flights

Indian low cost carrier (LCC) Spicejet has opened reservations for flights to Hong Kong from Delhi. The flights are open for sale effective 22nd of November 2018 and operate as per below timings.

SG 31 DEL 2245 – 0640+1 HKG

SG 32 HKG 0740 – 1050 DEL

The airline had attempted a Blue Oceans strategy in 2013 and part of it had launched services to Guangzhou from Delhi in February 2013. The flights which operated 4x weekly at its peak were pulled out by March 2014.

Hong Kong Airport (IATA: HKG) is one of the most congested airports with limited slots on offer and for an airline to obtain these peak slots is an achievement. Air India has been attempting to get slots at Hong Kong to connect the city to Mumbai directly and has been unable to get slots of preference. IATA guidelines help new carriers get priority over existing operators at an airport for slot distribution. Slots can also be leased or purchased at select airports worldwide.


Good for SPiceJet. I wish the LCCs would connect new cities in India to these large international destinations. But I guess the market isn't there? Btw I love Indian aviation articles - either things are huge wins or huge snubs. Great they got slots.
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https://www.livemint.com/Companies/gA9xiCikWzXWHCSU02YJ7N/SpiceJet-seeks-more-time-to-pay-for-aircraft-lease.html

SpiceJet seeks more time to pay for aircraft lease

Oct 23 2018

SpiceJet Ltd has sought a three-month extension from a leasing company for making payments on aircraft leases as a delay in delivery of 737 Max planes by Boeing Co. has caused liquidity issues at the budget airline, said ratings agency Crisil Ltd. Crisil also downgraded its long-term rating on SpiceJet’s bank facilities from BBB stable to BB negative. It also downgraded the short-term rating on the bank facilities from ‘A3+’ to ‘A4’.

“Delay in delivery of Boeing 737 Max aircraft further led to liquidity mismatch as the company was to receive healthy profits on sale and lease back transaction,” Crisil added in the report.

Instruments with A3 rating are considered to have moderate degree of safety, while those with A4 rating are considered to have a minimal degree of safety regarding timely payment of financial obligations.

“The downgrade reflects Crisil’s belief that SpiceJet’s operating performance will remain under pressure in the near to medium term, driven by significant increase in the operating cost and limited ability to pass on the increased cost to customers because of intense competition,” said Crisil.

“Further, SpiceJet was expecting some cash infusion from the sale and lease back transactions that got delayed because of late delivery of the new aircraft. Hence, the liquidity profile has weakened,” it said.

The airline is expected to fund a large part of its aircraft purchases through the sale and lease back mechanism.

SpiceJet planned to take delivery of 15 Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft by March 2018.

“All the funding for Boeing 737-8 Max that is delivered to be us during 2018 and 2019 has been completed,” SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh said in March, adding that all the aircraft are on sale and leaseback model.

The airline said the ratings downgrade is an industry phenomenon and that it continues to outperform the domestic aviation industry on financial metrics.

“However, with regard to one single lessor mentioned in the Crisil report, we had taken a one-time relief of 2-3 months to better manage cash flows during the lean month of September 2018,” SpiceJet said on Monday.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet has added a new Q400 to the fleet today, as VT-SQB.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXE.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do any of you know if there's a photo of VT-MXA anywhere showing its nose name? From what I can make out of the night photo of it through Manchester on Facebook I think it could be Wasabi but perhaps one of you has a nice daytime shot of it in India to share? Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do any of you know if there's a photo of VT-MXA anywhere showing its nose name? From what I can make out of the night photo of it through Manchester on Facebook I think it could be Wasabi but perhaps one of you has a nice daytime shot of it in India to share? Smile


VT-MXA is Wasabi.
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SpiceJet has added a new Q400 to the fleet today, as VT-SQC.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sandesh wrote:
rik1301 wrote:
Do any of you know if there's a photo of VT-MXA anywhere showing its nose name? From what I can make out of the night photo of it through Manchester on Facebook I think it could be Wasabi but perhaps one of you has a nice daytime shot of it in India to share? Smile


VT-MXA is Wasabi.


Sandesh - many thanks! Smile
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXB.
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXF.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When did Spice add red belly to their livery?
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The MAXs and the new Stretched Q400s all have red bellies.
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https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/spicejet-likely-to-join-iata/1415635/

SpiceJet likely to join IATA

December 16, 2018

SpiceJet is likely to join the global airlines’ grouping the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a member. The grouping has a membership of around 290 airlines that represent about 82 per cent of total air traffic.

“SpiceJet has requested to be a member,” IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac told PTI. There was no immediate response to a query sent to a SpiceJet spokesperson. Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Vistara are members of the IATA.

“All the low-cost carriers are welcome. Thirteen per cent of our members are low cost. Almost majority of our new members are low cost, especially in Asia,” de Juniac said.

At least 11 airlines from different parts of the world have become members of the IATA this year.

As per its website, the IATA maintains an international perspective and provides a unique global voice on behalf of its members.

“With over 60 offices worldwide, IATA maintains relationships with governments and other industry stakeholders around the world, advocating on behalf of its members on key industry issues,” the website said.

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SpiceJet has added a new Q400 to the fleet today, as VT-SQD.
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXC.
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXG.
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXI.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:26 pm    Post subject: SpiceXpress Reply with quote

Any news on routes flown by SpiceXpress VT-SFB.

There were initial talks of adding 2 aircraft. Change of plans?

FlightRadar24 has very limited info. Shows just a couple of flights a day on DEL-CCU and other random routes.
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SpiceJet has added a new Q400 to the fleet today, as VT-SQE.
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https://www.aircargonews.net/news/airline/freighter-operator/single-view/news/spicejet-continues-cargo-expansion-with-hong-kong-guwahati-freighter.html

Spicejet continues cargo expansion with Hong Kong-Guwahati freighter

21 / 01 / 2019

Spicejet has continued the expansion of its recently launched all-cargo business with the addition of weekly flights between Hong Kong and Guwahati.

Local media report that the SpiceXpress service, launched on January 19, is using the airline's 18 tonne capacity Boeing 737 freighters.

It hopes to take advantage of demand for fresh fruit, vegetables, exotic teas and kiwi wines produced in the north east of India.

In the future it hopes to add further flights from to region to Hong Kong, with origins likely to include Silchar and Impal.

SpiceXpress took delivery of its first freighter in September last year and is planning to add a second B737-700F and two B737-800Fs.

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https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/spicejet-may-connect-london-with-delhi-amritsar-from-summer-3417691.html

Spicejet may connect London with Delhi, Amritsar from summer

Jan 21, 2019

Spicejet is likely to launch its much-awaited international long-haul operations from this summer with operations to London from New Delhi and Amritsar, an industry source said.

The Gurugram-based airline is also looking to operate wide-body A330 planes on these routes, the source said.

"Spicejet is looking to fly daily to Heathrow from Amritsar and to Gatwick from New Delhi. The airline may lease A330s to operate these proposed services," the source said.

While the Amritsar-London Heathrow flight may commence from March-end, which is also the time when the summer schedule of the airlines comes into effect, the services to Gatwick are expected from May, the source added.

The airline spokesman was not available for comments.

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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXH.
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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXX.
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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/spicejet-to-launch-hyderabad-jeddah-flight-service-from-march-1988319

SpiceJet To Launch Hyderabad-Jeddah Flight Service From March

February 05, 2019

SpiceJet on Monday said it will launch a daily non-stop flight service between Hyderabad and Saudi Arabia's Jeddah from March 25.

According to the airline, Jeddah will be its ninth international destination and third destination in the Middle East.

The airline said that it will service the route using its new 189 seater Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

"The new service will enable SpiceJet to provide over 2,500 seats per week on the sector," the airline said in a statement.

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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/spicejet-to-launch-hyderabad-jeddah-flight-service-from-march-1988319

SpiceJet To Launch Hyderabad-Jeddah Flight Service From March

February 05, 2019

SpiceJet on Monday said it will launch a daily non-stop flight service between Hyderabad and Saudi Arabia's Jeddah from March 25.

According to the airline, Jeddah will be its ninth international destination and third destination in the Middle East.

The airline said that it will service the route using its new 189 seater Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

"The new service will enable SpiceJet to provide over 2,500 seats per week on the sector," the airline said in a statement.


Interesting. I would have thought the India-Suadi bilateral was fully used. Does anyone know if the agreement is based on seats or flights (I feel like a long time ago it was based on seats which is why you pretty much only saw wide bodies fly the routes).
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https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/spicejet-to-induct-up-to-20-boeing-737-max-aircraft/article26248386.ece

SpiceJet to induct up to 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

February 12, 2019

SpiceJet plans to induct up to 20 Boeing 737 MAX and between 5 to 110 Q 400 aircraft during fiscal 2019, Ajay Singh, the airline promoter said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of India Aviation Summit organised by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, he said the airline had “no immediate plans” to order any wide-body aircraft. The Boeing MAX will allow the airline to fly to countries that are up to eight hours away from India. SpiceJet plans to use the MAX to launch international flights rather than use larger wide-body aircraft.

“We look at China and countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States apart from operating to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur where we do not fly currently with the MAX,” Singh said. The airline has ordered 200 MAX aircraft and took delivery of the first aircraft last year. Currently the airline has 12 Boeing MAX.

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SpiceJet adds Kozhikode – Jeddah service from late-April 2019

SpiceJet from late-April 2019 is launching its second route to Jeddah, the airline has announced.
From 20APR19, the airline will operate Kozhikode – Jeddah route, on board Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on daily basis.

The airline previously announced it’ll be launching Hyderabad – Jeddah service from 25MAR19.

SG792 CCJ0535 – 0835JED 7M8 D
SG793 JED0945 – 1805CCJ 7M8 D


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SpiceJet has added a new 737-8MAX to the fleet today, as VT-MXK.
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SpiceJet to get two wet lease planes by Saturday

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/spicejet-to-get-two-wet-lease-planes-by-saturday-no-restriction-on-jets-forward-booking/articleshow/68414138.cms
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SpiceJet to get two wet lease planes by Saturday

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/spicejet-to-get-two-wet-lease-planes-by-saturday-no-restriction-on-jets-forward-booking/articleshow/68414138.cms



SpiceJet has, meanwhile, wet-leased two aircraft from Turkey’s Corendon Airlines to tide over the crisis sparked by grounding of 12 of its B737 Max.


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/rentals-up-post-max-crisis-jets-lessors-of-grounded-boeing-737-in-talks-with-spicejet/articleshow/68455538.cms
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https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/spicejet-likely-to-operate-grounded-aircraft-of-debt-laden-jet-airways-119031800035_1.html

SpiceJet likely to operate grounded aircraft of debt-laden Jet Airways

March 18, 2019

Lessors of cash-starved airline Jet Airways are in talks with SpiceJet to reposition some of its Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. SpiceJet, which has been hit by the grounding of 13 Boeing 737 MAX planes, is looking to secure used aircraft to maintain its expansion plans. “Lessors of Jet Airways have discussed with SpiceJet to place their aircraft with the latter.

SpiceJet wants 12-13 planes. Depending on the duration of the 737 MAX grounding, it may take more,” said a person aware of the development.




https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/rentals-up-post-max-crisis-jets-lessors-of-grounded-boeing-737-in-talks-with-spicejet/articleshow/68455538.cms

Jet's lessors of grounded Boeing 737 in talks with SpiceJet

Mar 17, 2019

Several of Jet Airways’ grounded Boeing 737s (not Max but previous generation) could soon be flying for SpiceJet. Over 50 of the cash-strapped airline’s aircraft, a mix of turboprops, narrow and wide body, have been grounded by unpaid lessors beginning last month. Barring a handful, lessors have not deregistered these aircraft from Jet’s name, repossessed and flown them out of India.

“On Saturday, three companies that leased Boeing 737 NG (new generation, not Max) to Jet and grounded them for non-payment met SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh. The aircraft are in India and in terms of processes it is easier to deregister them from Jet’s name and lease them to SpiceJet so that they can start flying the planes at the earliest,” said sources.

“We have to make good the 12 grounded Max so these many planes we will like to have on board as early as possible. The grounded B737s are being offered for dry lease (without operating crew) for one to 3 years at good rates. The overall lease rentals for B737 NGs has gone up since the grounding of the Max due to which everyone is now looking for the non-Max B737s. Once the deal is finalised, Jet’s livery will be removed from these planes and they will adorn SpiceJet livery,” said SpiceJet sources.

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2019/mar/20/spicejet-becomes-first-indian-low-cost-airline-to-join-iata-1953555.html

SpiceJet becomes first Indian low-cost airline to join IATA

20th March 2019

SpiceJet has joined global airlines' grouping IATA as a member, becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents more than 290 airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara.

The membership would help SpiceJet, which has ambitious expansion plans, to have codeshares and agreements with other carriers, the domestic airline said in a statement Tuesday.

SpiceJet has become the first Indian low-cost carrier to join the IATA as a member, it added.

"We are delighted to welcome SpiceJet as part of the 290 airlines in the IATA family.

SpiceJet is the first Indian low-cost carrier to be an IATA member, and our fifth member in India," IATA Regional Vice-President for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford said.

According to the statement, the IATA membership is significant on account of SpiceJet's plans for rapidly expanding its international footprint.

The membership allows the airline to "explore and grow its collaborations with international member airlines of IATA through interlining and code shares, enabling SpiceJet to seamlessly expand the network options for its passengers in future," it added.

"The membership will further enable us to inculcate global best practices and innovations. IATA also provides us a platform to closely work and collaborate with other airline members and expand our network through codeshares and agreements with partner airlines," SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said.

In December 2018, IATA Director-General and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac told PTI that SpiceJet had requested to be a member of the grouping.

Recently, SpiceJet received IATA's Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.

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"Lessors are panicking as they haven't been paid and if Jet goes for insolvency, their planes will be stuck in India, so many of them are chasing SpiceJet," said the person quoted earlier.

The person said SpiceJet needs at least twelve 737s to cover the grounded MAX planes and it is negotiating for more. Jet Airways pilots are also queuing up to join the budget airline.

Jet Airways' lessors have offered 50 aircraft to SpiceJet, according to a report by news wire IANS.


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https://www.businesstoday.in/markets/company-stock/spicejet-rises-over-14-on-report-airline-planning-to-buy-40-jet-airways-aircraft/story/329992.html

SpiceJet planning to buy 40 Jet Airways aircraft

March 22, 2019

The SpiceJet share price surged in trade today amid a report that the Ajay Singh-owned carrier is planning to buy as much as 40 aircraft of Jet Airways from lessors.

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