Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Delta Fights Back Against SpiceJet US Flight Application

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has big plans to augment its international operations with long-haul flights in the coming years. One market that the airline has its eye on is the USA. However, US legacy carrier Delta is looking to block these plans. The reason for this is said to be the lack of reciprocity regarding codesharing with its partner airlines on flights to India.

SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost carrier that had previously carried a largely domestic focus. Indeed, the airline serves 54 destinations in the world’s second-most populous country. In addition to these, SpiceJet operates a handful of international flights to Asian and Middle Eastern destinations. However, its plans going forward target markets much further afield. This is despite having recorded an $80 million loss in the second quarter of 2020.

In August, SpiceJet flew its first long-haul international widebody flight, repatriating 270 Indians from Amsterdam to Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It leased an Airbus A330neo from HiFly for this operation. The airline has since outlined plans to operate scheduled services to destinations outside its usual hunting ground of Asia and the Middle East. Indeed, its flights serving London would have commenced on December 4th, were it not for the UK’s second lockdown period.

22/12/20 Jake Hardiman/Simple Flying

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