Friday, December 18, 2020

Seaplane operations to resume between Statue of Unity and Sabarmati riverfront from December 27: SpiceJet

SpiceJet today said it will resume seaplane operations between Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity from December 27, 2020.

SpiceShuttle, the fully-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet, will resume its seaplane operations between Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront and Kevadia’s Statue of Unity from December 27, 2020 with two daily flights on the route. Bookings of the seaplane service for the passengers will open from December 20, 2020,” SpiceJet Spokesperson said in a statement.

SpiceJet had started seaplane operations on October 31, 2020, on a leased seaplane from Maldives. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the seaplane service on October 31.

The 18-seater Twin Otter 300 seaplane was wet-leased from Maldivian Aero, the national airline of Maldives. A wet lease is an agreement between two airlines, where the lessor agrees to provide an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to the lessee.

The aircraft, which is being operated by Maldivian crew, can accommodate two pilots, one attendant and 15 passengers.

According to executives, seaplane operations received a huge response but could not run for long due to issues with the maintenance.

18/12/20 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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