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SpiceJet adds 100th aircraft to its fleet

GURUGRAM, May 26, 2019:SpiceJet, the country’s favourite airline, has crossed yet another major milestone as it inducted its 100th aircraft – a Boeing 737 – into its fleet.

SpiceJet’s fleet now comprises of 68 Boeing 737s, 30 Bombardier Q-400s and two B737 freighters. The airline operates 575 average daily flights to 62 destinations – 53 domestic and nine international. SpiceJet has added 23 planes and over a hundred new flights, majority of them connecting the key metros of Mumbai and Delhi, in just over a month’s time.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet had launched the airline in the year 2005 with the objective of making flying affordable for all. After a successful tenure, he exited from the airline in 2010 before buying it back again from near shut down in 2015. He has since scripted one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in global aviation.

SpiceJet is India’s largest regional player operating 42 daily flights under the government’s regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said: “Who could have thought that from the brink of closure in December 2014, SpiceJet would have a 100-aircraft fleet in 2019! Leading SpiceJet from a near shutdown to being one of finest airlines in India has been a fantastic journey and a real honour for me. The credit for our success goes to each and every SpiceJetter who has worked relentlessly to write this incredible story that the world speaks of with admiration and awe.”

SpiceJet had placed a $22 billion order for 205 aircraft planes with Boeing in 2017 and had followed it up with a $1.7 billion order for 50 Bombardier Q400 planes --- the single biggest order for the Q400 in Bombardier’s history.