SpiceJet Considers Expansion

Spicejet is planning to expand its fleet by placing orders for up to 20 new aircraft, despite the gloomy performance figures coming from the Indian aviation industry as a whole. The carrier is believed to be considering long-range jets, such as the Boeing 737-900ER, which would enable it to fly to South East Asia. Airlines in India have to operate for at least five years on domestic routes before being eligible to fly overseas, SpiceJet fulfils this requirement in May 2010. The carrier, which currently operates a 19-strong all-Boeing fleet, is also believed to be talking to Airbus about its requirements. The discussions with both manufacturers are at a preliminary stage.
SpiceJet’s CEO, Sanjay Aggarwal recently said that the company had already commissioned a feasibility study into starting a subsidiary feeder carrier to serve smaller cities. If this is approved the carrier will be looking to the 50-90 seater market and is likely to enter discussions with manufacturers like Embraer, Bombardier and ATR for suitable aircraft.