Spicejet Becomes 1st Private Airlines To Start US, UK Flights From India Under Air Bubbles
As per new developments, SpiceJet has now been given the responsibility of being the Indian Scheduled carrier to the United States.
This makes SpiceJet the only private Indian air carrier and the second airline to arrange flights to the United States after India under the air bubble agreement.
Along with this, SpiceJet has also been designated to operate flights to the United Kingdom.
SpiceJet To Be Designated Indian Scheduled carrier to the United States, United Kingdom
SpiceJet informed in a letter to the BSE that under the terms of the Air Services Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America, Spicejet will be operating as the Indian scheduled carrier on agreed services between India and the USA and India and the UK.
Chairman & Managing Director of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to share that SpiceJet has been designated as an Indian scheduled carrier to operate between India and the US. This designation would help us plan for our international expansion in a much better and calibrated manner.”
He also went on to show that SpiceJet has been working and contributing in whichever way possible even during the lockdown. As per Singh, SpiceJet has operated more than 4300 cargo flights, carried more than 24,000 tons of cargo, operated more than 400 charter flights to bring back Indian nationals who were stranded back to the country.
SpiceJet To Require Wide Body Aircrafts
However, now, SpiceJet will require wide body aircrafts as it currently is implementing single aisle narrow body aircrafts for the domestic flights and international operations to the gulf countries.
Wide body aircrafts like B787 and A350 come with comparatively bigger fuel tanks. As of now, only Air India and Vistara have such aircraft in their fleet. Singh is of the opinion that all the Indian airlines should work towards having widde body aircrafts now, as this will help fly passengers from India to different countries across the globe.
As we all know, air bubbles have been set up by the Ministry of Civil Aviation between selected routes, which included France, UAE, the US, the UK, and Germany. Some airlines have already started operations from India, such as United Airlines, Emirates, Air France, and Lufthansa.
Prior to this, in June, the US Department of Transportation (DoT) had announced that they will not be allowing charter flights to fly in from India. They had also alleged that New Delhi was engaging in “discriminatory and restrictive practices”.