SpiceJet’s interest in amphibian aircraft
SpiceJet has been in dialogue with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings to explore opportunities for 10-14 seater amphibious aircraft operations “to provide air connectivity to the remotest parts of the country.” These however must be reliable, tough and resilient so that they can operate from water bodies, gravel and grass. Demo flights of the aircraft have reportedly been carried out in Nagpur and Guwahati. Japan’s Setouchi Holdings Inc., a pioneer in the small aircraft aviation industry, is a part of the Tsuneishi Group of Hiroshima Prefecture. Setouchi Holding owns QUEST, the manufacturer of specialised amphibious and non-amphibious range of aircraft globally.
Photograph shows Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, Ajay Singh CMD, SpiceJet, and Dr. Go Okazaki Executive Managing Director, Setouchi Holdings Inc during demo flight session of the Quest aircraft at Guwahati airliner