Posted on: 09 December 2010 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that SpiceJet has placed a firm order for 15 Q400 NextGen turboprops and has taken options on an additional 15 of the type.
"India is witnessing substantial growth, and predominant growth is expected from cities and industrial towns which remain underserved," noted Kalanithi Maran, chairman of the Board of Directors, SpiceJet. "As India’s most preferred low-fare airline, we are focused on catering to these markets which require an aircraft that could increase the reach to over 60 airports that could not be served by the larger jets and establishing our footprint in these markets. After an evaluation of all the aircraft in the 60- to 80-seat category, we have selected the Q400, which combines excellent reliability, economics and passenger comfort."
SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Bombardier is making significant investments in the infrastructure for its support and services in India and the Asia-Pacific marketplace. Earlier this year, Bombardier opened its new Regional Support Office (RSO) in Mumbai. The office serves both business and commercial aircraft customers and is located in Andheri East near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The RSO’s dedicated team complements Bombardier’s regional field service representatives located throughout India and its surrounding regions.