Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019: Flying on a wing and a prayer

The civil aviation sector witnessed an action-packed 2019. The year began on a tragic note with two international flights of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashing, killing more than 300 passengers and crew members.

This led to the global grounding of the Boeing MAX aircraft in March, a move that had repercussions for Indian civil aviation, affecting SpiceJet and, to a lesser extent, Jet Airways.

SpiceJet had 13 such aircraft, of which, 12 were flying when the global grounding was announced, and Jet Airways had five.

According to Ankur Bhatia, Managing Director, Amadeus, Indian subcontinent, besides the grounding of the MAX aircraft, Boeing was also forced to stop production of this variety of aircraft, which led to worldwide disruption in supply to airline companies, including SpiceJet.

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