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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/corporate/spicejet-to-start-8-new-daily-international-flights-from-mumbai-delhi/story/358912.html

SpiceJet to start 8 new daily international flights from Mumbai, Delhi

June 25, 2019

SpiceJet on Tuesday said it would launch eight new daily international flights from Mumbai and Delhi in July.

"SpiceJet will service Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai, Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai, Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi and Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi with daily non-stop flights," Gurugram-headquartered airline said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The airline will deploy its 168-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft on all the routes.

SpiceJet said that it is the first Indian LCC to connect Mumbai with Riyadh and Dhaka, and Delhi with Dhaka and Jeddah.

"Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, earmarks SpiceJet's 10th international destination and the fourth station in the Middle Eastern market," the airline said.

The flights to Dhaka and Jeddah will begin from the last week of July, while the flight to Riyadh will commence on August 15, 2019.

"The airline is all set to commence operations on the Mumbai-Jeddah route from July 5, 2019," it said.

Commenting on the development, Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, "We are delighted to add Riyadh as our tenth international destination and add more flights to Jeddah and Dhaka thus providing our passengers with multiple flight options."

"SpiceJet is the only Indian budget airline to operate to Saudi Arabia and our new flights to Riyadh and Jeddah should greatly benefit the thousands of pilgrims travelling from India," he added.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet further expands international network from late-July 2019

SpiceJet in the last few days gradually opened reservation for additional 5 international routes, scheduled to commence between late-July and mid-August 2019.
Planned new routes and schedules as follow.


Delhi – Dhaka
eff 31JUL19 1 daily 737
SG039 DEL0740 – 1030DAC 737 D
SG040 DAC1130 – 1330DEL 737 D

Delhi – Jeddah
eff 31JUL19 1 daily 737
SG065 DEL1345 – 1700JED 737 D
SG066 JED1750 – 0140+1DEL 737 D

Mumbai – Dhaka
eff 25JUL19 1 daily 737
SG063 BOM0855 – 1220DAC 737 D
SG064 DAC1320 – 1615BOM 737 D

Mumbai – Hong Kong
eff 31JUL19 1 daily 737
SG041 BOM0105 – 0940HKG 737 D
SG042 HKG1215 – 1520BOM 737 D

Mumbai – Riyadh
eff 15AUG19 1 daily 737
SG019 BOM2110 – 2310RUH 737 D
SG020 RUH0010 – 0710BOM 737 D


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spicejet a/c skids off the runway at BOM. Ex-9W a/c VT-SYK

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/mumbai-rains-latest-update-trains-cancelled-street-waterlogged-rain-continues-1561953143625.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another former Jet Airways 737-800 has joined Spicejet as VT-SYY.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet expands Mumbai – Dubai service from August 2019

SpiceJet from August 2019 plans to expand Mumbai – Dubai service, with the addition of 2nd daily flight.
The new flight departs Mumbai in morning hours, effective 03AUG19. Boeing 737 operates this route.

SG005 BOM0905 – 1110DXB 737 D
SG013 BOM2330 – 0130+1DXB 737 D

SG014 DXB0215 – 0645BOM 737 D
SG006 DXB1210 – 1705BOM 737 D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The former Jet Airways 737-800 VT-JGT has joined Spicejet as VT-SXD.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://simpleflying.com/spicejet-eyes-direct-united-kingdom-flights/

SpiceJet Eyes Direct United Kingdom Flights

July 28, 2019

SpiceJet is continuing preparations for direct flights to the UK this winter, according to reports by Live from a Lounge. The Indian budget airline based in Gurgaon has requested slots at London Heathrow and Manchester Airport as it eyes a share of the India-UK market. Slot requests have been filed to fly an A330-300, which is not part of the airline’s current inventory, raising speculation over where these aircraft will come from.

SpiceJet has also requested Jet Airways’ old slots at Manchester Airport. As these requests have been listed with an A330-300, SpiceJet may well be eyeing up one of Jet Airways’ four grounded wide body aircraft.

SpiceJet doesn’t operate any wide body aircraft in its current fleet, making the application to operate the A330-300 on its new India-UK routes a big step for the airline.

As it looks like SpiceJet is opting for the wide body A330-300 for flights to Manchester and London Healthrow, high capacity flights will be crucial if the airline is to avoid the same mistakes made by Jet Airways.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet has added a new Q400 to the fleet today, as VT-SQJ.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The former Jet Airways 737-800 VT-JGU has joined Spicejet as VT-SXE.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:11 am    Post subject: SpiceJet to start Rajkot Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/rajkot-to-get-one-more-flight-to-mumbai/articleshow/71017072.cms

SpiceJet to start Rajkot-Mumbai flight from October.

This will be a new destination for SpiceJet. Not yet officially announced by SpiceJet. Destination not opened on website booking.

Should be just a change of company name - Jet Airways to SpiceJet. Same B737-700 aircrafts - VT-SYO (ex-JetLite VT-SIZ) and VT-SYP (ex-JetLite VT-SJA). Same ground crew.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/81349-spicejet-eyes-resumption-of-gangtok-ops-in-early-4q19

SpiceJet eyes resumption of Gangtok ops in early 4Q19

06.09.2019

SpiceJet is planning to resume its daily flights from Kolkata Int'l to Gangtok on October 27, 2019, hoping that the end of the rainy season will allow for more regular services to the latter airport, The Sikkim Express has reported.

The Indian LCC suspended flights to Gangtok on June 1, 2019, citing "unpredictable weather" as a reason for operational unreliability.

Following the resumption, flights will operate onboard Dash 8-400 turboprops.

Gangtok is the only airport in the state of Sikkim. The airport was opened in October 2018. It lies at 1,399 metres above mean sea level and was constructed on a mountain slope, making it one of the tallest reinforced soil structures in the world. It lacks an Instrumental Landing System (ILS), making operations in poor weather very challenging.

No other airline serves Gangtok.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/81875-indias-spicejet-adds-first-b737-800-freighter

SpiceJet adds first B737-800 freighter

24.09.2019

SpiceJet has announced the arrival of its first B737-800 P2F-converted freighter. According to an airline statement, the aircraft is leased from NGF Alpha, a division of Texas-based aircraft trading and leasing company Spectre Cargo Solutions.

Launched in September 2018, SpiceXpress, the LCC's cargo wing, currently operates three B737-700(BDSF)s all of which are leased from Spectre Air Capital. In terms of scheduled network, it serves Hong Kong Int'l from Delhi Int'l, Kolkata Int'l and Guwahati while domestically, it connects Hyderabad Int'l, New Delhi, Mumbai Int'l, Bangalore Int'l, and Chennai.

“We are expanding the markets we currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh and the B737-800(BCF)’s reliability and versatility is helping enable our strategic direction," SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh, said in a statement.

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82025-indias-spicejet-mulls-order-for-at-least-100-airbus-jets

SpiceJet mulls order for at least 100 Airbus jets

02.10.2019

SpiceJet is considering placing a “sizeable” order for A321neo(LR) and A321neo(XLR) aircraft, with chairman Ajay Singh telling Bloomberg that “any aircraft order SpiceJet places would at least be 100 aircraft”. Airbus has “made us a commercial offer and we are evaluating it”, he said.

Inducting Airbus aircraft into the fleet for the first time is being considered in part due to the grounding of the B737-8, Singh explained. SpiceJet has so far taken delivery of thirteen of the jets with another 192 on order.

Switching to Airbus will not be “the easiest thing in the world to do, of course – our entire infrastructure is geared for a Boeing fleet – but if this takes too long we may not have too much of a choice,” he said.

Such an Airbus order could exceed USD10 billion based on 2018 prices, Bloomberg speculated.

Besides the MAX aircraft, the LCC has a fleet of fifty-two B737-800s, seven B737-700s, three B737-700(BDSF)s, one B737-900, four B737-900(ER)s, and thirty-two Dash 8-400s.

Boeing has told SpiceJet that it expects US regulators to re-certify the B737 MAX 8 in early November, Singh said, adding that he hoped his airline could start flying it again in January.

“We look forward to the MAX aircraft coming back because that’s where the biggest pain point for SpiceJet is currently,” he admitted.

As with other airlines, SpiceJet is currently in talks with Boeing over compensation for costs incurred through the ongoing grounding, Singh confirmed.

Meanwhile, SpiceJet has signed a lease for four MAX jets that were previously operated by Jet Airways, Singh told the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 30, according to the Economic Times. He added that 10 to 12 more MAX were ready to be delivered to SpiceJet in the US. In its 2018-19 annual report, SpiceJet said it was optimistic about the imminent return of the aircraft type to service.

In related news, SpiceJet plans to sell shares in its cargo division SpiceXpress in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) within 12 months, Bloomberg reported in a separate article.

“We have a country of 1.3 billion people, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and we have very few air logistics players,” Singh said. “We think that’s a good space for us.”

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet Maldives service changes from late-Nov 2019

SpiceJet from late-November 2019 is adjusting service to The Maldives.
From 20NOV19, the airline will operate 1 daily Thiruvananthapuram – Male route, replacing existing Kochi – Male service.
Dash8-Q400 aircraft will operate Thiruvananthapuram flight.

SG091 TRV1230 – 1355MLE DH8 D
SG092 MLE1445 – 1645TRV DH8 D


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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82678-indias-spicejet-nears-widebody-drone-ops

SpiceJet nears widebody, drone ops

23.10.2019

SpiceJet has dusted off its plans to add widebody aircraft and hopes to add the first such jets in early 2020, the Press Trust of India newswire has reported.

While the carrier is negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing, it is also reportedly evaluating a potential bid for Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) widebody operations. The flag carrier is due to be put for sale by the government in November 2019. The authorities have recently agreed to allow potential investors to fully take over Air India and liquidate its brand.

SpiceJet did not comment on the reports.

Meanwhile, the carrier's booming cargo division SpiceXpress is planning to venture into drone operations early in 2020. The Economic Times has reported that the airline has partnered with Bengaluru-based drone manufacturer Throttle Aerospace Systems, analytics firm AeoLogic, and Swiss-based Involi, a provider of air traffic awareness and collision avoidance services. The consortium obtained a permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to test beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

SpiceXpress, which already operates three B737-700(F)s and one -800(F), is planning to use the drones to operate urgent last-mile package deliveries and hopes to begin testing in January 2020.

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82702-indias-spicejet-to-set-up-ras-al-khaimah-base-airline

SpiceJet to set up Ras Al Khaimah base, airline

24.10.2019

SpiceJet is targetting Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for growth with plans to develop Ras al Khaimah Int'l Airport into a regional hub for both itself and a nascent subsidiary airline.

To that end, the Indian budget carrier signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with RAK International Airport on Wednesday, October 23.

Speaking to The Khaleej Times newspaper, Ajay Singh, SpiceJet's chairman, said an application for an Air Services Licence (ASL) had been lodged ahead of a proposed 2020 launch. He did not disclose the project's name or its local partner given that foreign entities are restricted to a 49% stake in UAE-flagged airlines.

“We are looking to establish an airline based in Ras al Khaimah. We are applying for certification shortly and the approval will take around three to six months,” he said.

The airline will be equipped with "around four to five jets" - B737 MAX - which will be used to connect India with Eastern and Western Europe. At present, Ras al Khaimah Int'l Airport sees limited scheduled passenger traffic with Air Arabia, Air India Express, Luxair, and Pegasus Airlines its only operators at present.

“We are looking to see Ras Al Khaimah become a stepping stone into European destinations. There is already good traffic between RAK and Europe and we are connecting Europe to India via Ras Al Khaimah. This is our first international hub,” he added.

On the issue of the MAX, Singh said that while SpiceJet is committed to the type, it is in talks with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) over a possible order for the A321neo Family -LR and -XLR variants.

“We need to have alternatives but our first choice is to see that MAX comes back and that we get to fly [it]”, he said. “Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) has been a long-term partner for us, we don’t lightly let go of partners … the grounding is much longer than earlier anticipated but we think we owe it to Boeing to support them at this time.”

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/82900-indias-spicejet-extends-suspension-of-pakyong-flights

SpiceJet extends suspension of Pakyong flights

30.10.2019

SpiceJet has been forced to extend the suspension of its services from Kolkata Int'l to Gangtok, the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. The airline had originally intended to resume the service from October 1.

Up until the end of May, the low-cost carrier was operating the 274-nautical mile sector (507 kilometre) with a daily Dash 8-400 rotation. The ch-aviation schedules module confirms that this was SpiceJet's only service in Sikkim state.

In August 2018, SpiceJet was awarded two routes to Pakyong, one from Kolkata and one from Delhi Int'l under the regional connectivity scheme (Ude Desh ka aam Nagrik - UDAN). To date, the Delhi-Pakyong service has yet to be launched.

In an e-mail to ch-aviation regarding the continued suspension of the Kolkata-Pakyong route, an airline spokesperson said: "SpiceJet flights to and from Pakyong airport have been temporarily suspended with effect from June 1, 2019, due to operational constraints owing to the bad weather condition and low visibility at Pakyong. Pakyong is a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) airport and does not have instrument landing facilities. Required minima to operate from this airport are 5,000 feet, which is difficult to achieve on most of the days in a year. To avoid inconvenience to our passengers, flight operations have been temporarily suspended."

The comment concluded with the following statement: "SpiceJet will share an update once the flight services on Kolkata - Pakyong sector resume."

According to the airline's booking tool, as of October 29, Pakyong is still visible as a destination from Kolkata.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpiceJet W19 Hong Kong service adjustment as of 15NOV19

SpiceJet since 28OCT19 adjusted service to Hong Kong, which sees the cancellation of Mumbai – Hong Kong route.
The cancellation is currently listed until 15JAN20 inclusive, based on the airline’s schedule listing on its website.

SG041 BOM0140 – 0940HKG 737 D
SG042 HKG1215 – 1635BOM 737 D

The airline continues to operate 1 daily Delhi – Hong Kong service.


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