Thursday, July 23, 2020

Designated as Indian carrier to operate to USA, SpiceJet says

New Delhi: SpiceJet has been designated as a scheduled Indian carrier to operate flights to the US. The low cost carrier (LCC) has for some time been considering wet-leasing (hiring with operating crew) wide body aircraft for international flights.
SpiceJet is reportedly looking at wet-leasing twin aisleAirbus A330 Neo to fly India-US nonstop. The airline is also learnt to be examining having a wide body freighters, including the jumbo jet in all-cargo version.
“This is to inform you that in terms of the Air Services Agreement between the government of India and the government of the United States of America, SpiceJet has been designated as Indian scheduled carrier to operate on agreed services between India and the USA,” the LCC said in a BSE on Thursday.
SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said: “It gives me immense pleasure to share that SpiceJet has been designated as an Indian scheduled carrier to operate between India and the US. This designation would help us plan for our international expansion in a much better and calibrated manner. I have always maintained that there is an opportunity in every adversity and the present crisis situation has seen SpiceJet rise to the occasion and play a pivotal role.”
"From operating over 4300 cargo flights to carrying over 24,000 tons of cargo to operating over 400 charter flights to bring back thousands of stranded Indian nationals back home, SpiceJet has worked non-stop and contributed in whatever manner possible,” Singh added.
23/07/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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