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.
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.
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.
SpiceJet’s (Chennai) new Boeing 737-8GJ VT-SZK (msn 41398), named “Red Chilli”, has been decorated in this unique color scheme. The airliner flew its first passenger revenue flight on June 3, 2014 between Delhi and Mumbai. The flight, painted in the special “With All Our Heart” livery, was operated by the two captains and four cabin crew members whose photos adorn the fuselage of the aircraft! SpiceJet therefore becomes the first airline in the world to post images of its actual crew members on the outside of its aircraft.
The airline has been running “spot and photograph” this aircraft contests in return for unspecified “prizes”.
SpiceJet (Delhi) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced at the India Aviation 2014 show an order for 42 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously listed as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices.
Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,800 orders to date and will have 8 percent lower per-seat operating costs than the future competition.
With this announcement, SpiceJet has ordered 90 airplanes directly from Boeing, which includes the 737-800, 737-900 ER and now the 737 MAX. To date, SpiceJet has taken delivery of 31 of the airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GJ VT-SZD (msn 39430) departs from Shannon.