PUNE: SpiceJet on Tuesday put back into operations its Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts after a gap of around two-and-a-half years.
SpiceJet, the only operator of the 737 MAX in the country, had signed a $22 billion deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft in 2017 and has 13 of these planes in its fleet at present. The airline will be deploying these aircraft on both domestic as well as international routes.
The airline celebrated the return to service of the 737 MAX with a special flight from New Delhi to Gwalior on November 23.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said, “I am extremely excited to see the 737 MAX, the mainstay of our fleet, back into operations. The return of the MAX will be a game-changer for SpiceJet and allow us to offer a vastly superior flying experience to our passengers. After the intense scrutiny this aircraft has gone through, I can say with full confidence that it’s the safest aircraft to fly. The return of the MAX comes at the perfect time for SpiceJet. With passenger traffic picking up and the government allowing airlines to operate at full capacity, our new planes will allow us to expand our network ahead of the busy travel season and play a major role in our future expansion. With significant cost saving capabilities, we expect a significant reduction in our operating costs improving our bottom line.”
“The 737 MAX is a key part of SpiceJet’s sustainability focus and will dramatically reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Passengers will benefit from a large number of premium seats and broadband internet that we plan to offer on board.
SpiceJet’s state-of-the-art MAX aircraft are equipped with Satcom that will enable the airline to offer internet on board,” Singh added.
Since the FAA's un-grounding in November 2020, more than 175 out of 195 global regulators have opened their airspace to the 737 MAX. More than 32 airlines have returned their fleets to service and those airlines have safely flown over 235,000 commercial flights, totalling more than 575,000 flight hours.