SpiceJet is the second-largest airline in the country by the number of domestic passengers carried. A few days back, SpiceJet became the first budget airline to be designated as the ‘Indian Scheduled Carrier’ to the UK and the US. Now, in an announcement, SpiceJet said that it will start its functions from August 1. The first long-haul flight by SpiceJet will be between Amsterdam and India. In a tweet on Monday, the airline said that they are ready to operate their first long-haul flight to bring back stranded Indians. The first flight will fly from Amsterdam on August 1.
SpiceJet To Fly Airbus A330 Neo To India
As per reports, SpiceJet is leasing Airbus A330 Neo for the long-haul operations. The flight from Amsterdam will start on August 1 and it will reach Bengaluru by afternoon. The flight will then depart for Hyderabad. the airline is planning on increasing the number of flights for repatriation. A spokesperson from SpiceJet said, “this is the first flight but we are trying to launch more flights and connect more destinations in Europe.”
Earlier, it was reported that SpiceJet is planning on wet-leasing Airbus A330. The experts from the airline industry called this step from SpiceJet a ‘smart move’. Sanjiv Kapoor, who holds a key management position in two of the major airlines of India said, “repatriation flights have high demand, and as per MOCA data 2/3 of that demand is being met through foreign airlines and charters. Long haul repatriation flights are especially lucrative as with the air bubbles, seats can be sold in both directions and at healthy fares given the high demand and short supply, especially as 6th freedom (or flights connecting via third countries) are not permitted under the bubbles.”
He further added, “it is, therefore, a smart move by SpiceJet to move quickly to wet-lease a long-haul aircraft to participate in this market, especially as wet lease rates should be very attractive given a high number of currently idle long-haul aircraft and crew globally.”
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also holds accountability for these long-haul flights from SpiceJet. Puri, since the start of his tenure as aviation minister, he wanted airlines from India to go global. He has been trying to take passengers from international carriers by providing opportunities to Indian carriers.