SpiceJet eyes for­eign skies

Re­spond­ing to the need for low-cost car­ri­ers fly­ing more in­ter­na­tional routes, SpiceJet will be­gin long-haul flights soon, re­veals Ajay Singh, Chair­man, SpiceJet.

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His ef­fort in turn­ing around the air­line is ac­knowl­edged by ev­ery­one in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, but Ajay Singh, In­dia Travel Award win­ner, and Chair­man, SpiceJet, is not rest­ing on his lau­rels. He has plans to take the low-cost car­rier on long-haul in­ter­na­tional routes soon. Speak­ing at the CAPA In­dia Avi­a­tion Sum­mit in Mum­bai, he said, “Our long­haul op­er­a­tions will start rel­a­tively soon. There is this en­tire low-cost long haul mar­ket to look at and some of the air­lines like Vis­tara and AirAsia will look to fly in­ter­na­tional. SpiceJet will cer­tainly ex­pand its in­ter­na­tional foot­print. The new neo and MAX fam­ily of fuel-ef­fi­cient air­crafts have more range and they open sev­eral new des­ti­na­tions in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries which per­haps were not as ac­ces­si­ble with the next gen­er­a­tion sin­gleaisle air­crafts. The nar­row body air­craft that has come in will have larger range. So the way we de­fine ‘long haul’ will start soon enough. When we will start with wide body air­craft is another is­sue.”

SpiceJet al­ready flies to a few in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Dubai and Sin­ga­pore. Singh re­vealed that SpiceJet will look at the wide body as well as nar­row body air­craft for this. “We need to look at the cost struc­tures. We need to look at how the wide bod­ies will work with the new en­gines. So we are eval­u­at­ing that. From our per­spec­tive, it’s the ques­tion of get­ting the low­est costs that we can man­age. For this, we are talk­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­ers and try­ing to fig­ure out what is the best op­tion. All of us, in­clud­ing Vis­tara, IndiGo and SpiceJet, will need to look at what we do for our pas­sen­gers on the long-haul sec­tor,” Singh added.

The new neo and have more range, open­ing sev­eral new des­ti­na­tions in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries

Ajay Singh In­dia Travel Award win­ner, and Chair­man, SpiceJet

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