Toronto: SpiceJet has acquired the latest fleet of Q400 aircraft from Bombardier as it expands its network to connect more Tier II and Tier III cities, including Bhopal, Indore, Mangalore and Tirupati, reports said.
According to its Chief Operating Officer, S Natrajhen, the low-cost airline will get 30 more Q400 aircraft from Bombardier and is likely to launch its services to these new destinations from September 21.
SpiceJet selected for the aircraft as it is more fuel efficient and comfortable when compared to other short-haul aircraft in the similar category.
The budget carrier has been focusing on getting better air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities, considered to be a large and so far unexplored market. SpiceJet chairman Kalanithi Maran said that “Our focus is on Tier II and Tier III cities to ensure affordable journey to the common people.”
The cities which will be linked with the latest aircraft are Aurangabad, Bhopal, Indore, Mangalore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati and Vijayawada. SpiceJet will also comprise routes within its existing destinations.
The airline has selected Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport as the base for the regional operations.
SpiceJet is likely to pay about USD 900 million for the 30 aircraft. The budget carrier plans to over double its fleet in about 3 years.