Wednesday, October 04, 2017

SpiceJet to start amphibious aircraft service in Assam within a year, Sonowal witnesses demonstration

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday witnessed a demonstration of an amphibious aircraft of SpiceJet designed by Setouchi Holdings of Japan at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.

The service of the aircraft, designed for the 21st century which can take off and land both from short, unimproved strips and water bodies, would likely to start in Assam within next 6 months to 1 year.

“Even while we are acknowledged as one of the world’s fastest growing markets, the ground reality remains that only about 3 percent Indians travel by air. Infrastructural challenges have been a key deterrent for providing air connectivity to smaller towns and cities. We are extremely delighted to join hands with Setouchi Holdings and look forward to exploring new opportunities that will help us serve our country better. With the ability to land in an small or confined space, smaller fixed wing aircrafts are the perfect flying machines that can effectively connect the country’s remote cities and airstrips which can in turn revolutionise the regional connectivity scheme,” CMD of SpiceJet Ajay Singh said.

The SpiceJet CMD said that, the amphibious aircraft operations will improve the connectivity in Assam and also to boost the state tourism sector.
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