Friday, December 08, 2017

SpiceJet’s Amphibious Planes All Set for Trial in Mumbai on December 9

New Delhi: No-frill carrier SpiceJet is all set for a trial run of its ambitious amphibious planes in Mumbai on December 9. The SpiceJet Big Project of running Amphibious Planes comprises in its fleet, the planes that can take off and land both on Sea and Land/planes. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Ajay Singh CMD Spicejet and others will be present at the trail launch of the ambitious project.
Earlier, SpiceJet had inked a MoU with Japanese Aviation firm SITOUCHI for this project. SITOUCHI is the company that is providing Amphibious Planes and necessary Technical support for conducting trials in India. Spicejet has done and will carry out more such trails in other parts of country like Varanasi, Guwahati in Asaan etc.
The airline targets to start this service in less than a year’s time in India, where the first route could be Varanasi. SpiceJet says it is exploring more space for itself in regional Sector and Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. As per sources, SpiceJet will be approaching Aviation regulator DGCA for grant of approvals to amphibious planes.
In November, SpiceJet posted a 79 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 105.28 crore for the three months ended September. The profit can be attributed primarily due to higher passenger revenues as the airline stayed profitable for the eleventh straight quarter. The no-frills airline recorded a higher total income of Rs 1,838.49 crore in the second quarter of the current fiscal.