Friday, March 15, 2019

Boeing pull-out: SpiceJet rejigs schedule

SpiceJet, which has been hit by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has chalked out a contingency plan to ensure minimum impact on its day-to-day operations and the summer schedule from April.

The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will have a direct impact on SpiceJet’s plans for new international flights in the summer schedule to Guangzhou, Istanbul, Moscow and some other destinations in Central Asia that were being drawn up.

The current winter schedule will end on March 30. On Thursday, the airline cancelled about 32 flights.

As an immediate fallout, the airline has been forced to cut flights on 12 international sectors.

On how SpiceJet managed to bring down the cancellations, senior airline officials said, “We focussed on optimum use of our existing fleet of 64 planes. Some Boeing 737 Next Generation or NGs and the Bombardier Q400 turbo-props were under-utilised. [We] have optimised their use. Many additional frequencies are now being operated by these planes, thus minimising the impact of the cancellations.”
14/03/19 Aditya Anand/The Hindu