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Boeing delivers SpiceJet’s first 737 MAX airplane

"King Chilli", SpiceJet's first MAX 8

Boeing and SpiceJet celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 737 MAX 8 (VT-MAX). The airline plans to use the 737 MAX to expand and standardize its fleet, while leveraging the super-efficient jet to reduce fuel costs per airplane by $1.5 million a year.

 

This is the first of up to 205 737 MAX airplanes SpiceJet has announced with Boeing. The new and improved single-aisle airplane will help SpiceJet lower its emissions output, which is a key initiative for the carrier as it looks to increase regional and international routes.

SpiceJet’s first 737 MAX 8 takes-off from Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington (Craig Larson photo).

SpiceJet’s new 737 MAX airplanes arrive at a time when India’s commercial aviation market continues to grow at significant rates. According to industry data, domestic air traffic in India has grown about 20 percent in each of the past four years with an upward growth trajectory going forward.

In preparation for their new 737 MAX, SpiceJet signed up to leverage Boeing Global Services’ tailored flight simulator and maintenance training, which will help train SpiceJet’s world-class pilots and mechanics in all areas of 737 MAX flight operations, resulting in maximized cost-savings. The airline also employs Onboard Performance Tool, powered by Boeing AnalytX, which allows flight crews and ground personnel to perform real-time calculations based on current weather and runway conditions, improving efficiency and maximizing payloads.

The 737 MAX 8 is part of a family of airplanes that offer about 130 to 230 seats and the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers) or nearly eight hours of flight. For SpiceJet’s full fleet of up to 205 airplanes, the MAX will emit up to 750,000 fewer metric tons of CO2 and save up to 240,000 metric tons of fuel per year, which translates to more than $317 million in cost savings annually*.

In addition, the MAX 8, will have the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle market with an 8 percent per-seat advantage over the competition. The operating advantages, along with the popular Boeing Sky Interior, explains why carriers have been choosing to fly the MAX.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,700 orders from 104 customers worldwide.

*Based on: General rules, 750-nmi mission, two-class seating, fuel price: $4.00 per U.S. gallon, 737 MAX 8

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Boeing): SpiceJet Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 VT-MAX (msn 60644) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 943613.

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Bombardier delivers first 90-seat Q400 aircraft to SpiceJet

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced the delivery of its first 90-seat Q400 aircraft.

The aircraft was handed over to India’s SpiceJet Limited, the launch operator for the extra-capacity, 90-seat aircraft.

“We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will be able to address our market needs in the regional space.”

“This is a very important milestone for the Q400 aircraft program because the 90-seat option demonstrates the increased profitability potential that this unique turboprop has to offer,” said
Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The increased passenger capacity allows 15 per cent reduction of seat cost compared to the previous standard Q400 aircraft and provides an enormous benefit for airlines. We are thrilled that SpiceJet will be the first operator to showcase the unique capabilities and unbeatable productivity of our turboprops.”

All images by Bombardier and SpiceJet.

SpiceJet adds its first Boeing 737-700 freighter to its “SpiceXpress” fleet

SpiceJet has added its first freighter aircraft into the “SpiceXpress” fleet.

The pictured Boeing 737-75C (F) VT-SFB (msn 29042, ex B-2998) is named “Bolt” and was delivered on August 29, 2018 after freighter conversion.

The company is planning to expand its freighter fleet to 20 aircraft by 2022.

The division of SpiceJet explains its operations:

SpiceJet is proud to present SPICEEXPRESS-The Door to Door cargo service.

This is first time in India that an Airline has been attributed with integrated Logistics solutions. We are here to cater to your various needs for delivering goods effectively at your doorsteps. Being a leading Airline brand, we have access to unparalleled infrastructure and logistics. Therefore, we use our connectivity, resources and fleet effectively and efficiently to deliver your consignment at the door steps of your choice.

It’s our prime concern to take care of your business needs and therefore we are committed to delivering your shipment within your stipulated time frame.

Also, given our airline lineage, we have our own full- fledged security system in place to ensure maximum safety and security of your consignment.

Photo: SpiceJet.

SpiceJet signs MOU for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 10s and converts 20 737 MAX 8s to 737 MAX 10s

SpiceJet and Boeing on June 19, 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding for 40 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, valued at $4.7 billion at current list prices, is split evenly between 20 new orders for the 737 MAX 10 and conversions of 20 of the low-cost carrier’s 737 MAX 8 airplanes from its existing order to 737 MAX 10s.

 

SpiceJet operates a fleet of 35 Next-Generation 737s and 20 Bombardier Q400s. The carrier plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of the decade and looks to expand regionally with the new 737 MAX family of airplanes. SpiceJet will take delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.

Image: Boeing.

SpiceJet Q400 skids off the runway at Hubli, India in heavy rain, the left main gear collapses

SpiceJet DHC-8-400 VT-SUA landing at Hubli (Shylaja Varma)(LR)

SpiceJet (Delhi) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VT-SUA (msn 4373) operating flight SG 1085 from Bangalore to Hubli was involved in an incident on landing last night at Hubli, India. The flight was carrying 74 passengers and four crew members. The Q400 reportedly skidded off the runway in heavy rain and the left main gear collapsed. There were no reported injuries.

Read the full story from NDTV: CLICK HERE

Above: Twitter photo by Shylaja Varma.

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Below Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The aircraft at Toronto (Pearson) before it was delivered on August 26, 2011.

SpiceJet DHC-8-400 C-GJJU (VT-SUA)(05)(Grd) YYZ (TMK)(LRW)

SpiceJet reduces its schedule as it recapitalizes, strikes out at sensationalist media reports

SpiceJet (Delhi) has been battling media reports about cancelled flights as it reduces its schedule and its fleet. The airline is recapitalizing with new investors and will operate over 7,000 flights in January. With the planned new capital it plans to add back aircraft to its fleet.

Flights cancelled by SpiceJet: CLICK HERE

The airline issued this statement on December 31:

There have been some media reports with sensational but misleading headlines like “Spice cancels 3,450 flights in January”. SpiceJet clarifies that these are not new or incremental cancellations, these are for the most part the flights that were already removed from the schedule in November and December as an outcome of our fleet reduction, which resulted in our daily flights reducing from 345 flights a day in the summer to 230 flights a day.

The schedule will remain at the reduced level until the recapitalization of the airline is completed and aircraft added back to its fleet. Even with the reduced schedule, SpiceJet is scheduled to operate over 7,000 flights in the month of January.

SpiceJet once again appeals to the media to avoid sensationalist reporting as it does a disservice not just to the airline, but to passengers, the general public, the aviation industry, and the nation at large.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. SpiceJet’s Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGG (msn 36368) departs from Paine Field.

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Can SpiceJet continue to grow despite the concerns of its auditors?

SpiceJet (Delhi) has reported losses in its last five quarters. According to this report by The Economic Times, the airline auditors “in their recent report have cast doubts over the ability of media baron Kalanithi Maran’s budget carrier to run it as a “going concern”. The auditors stated the airline’s total assets are now exceeded by its total liabilities. The airline is also losing pilots at an alarming rate.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGF (msn 36367) departs from Paine Field.

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