Posted on: 27 August 2011 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprops ordered in December 2010 to SpiceJet.
“SpiceJet’s order was a breakthrough for our Q400 NextGen turboprop in the Indian market, and Bombardier’s portfolio of commercial aircraft and customer services continues to be well positioned to support the development of India’s airline network,” remarked Chet Fuller, senior vice-president, sales, marketing and asset management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, during the delivery ceremony.
SpiceJet will use its Q400s for high-frequency, point-to-point services to regional cities, complementing its larger jet aircraft which connect major Indian cities. SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
“As India experiences substantial growth, many cities and industrial towns remain underserved,” explained Kalanithi Maran, the airline’s chairman. “SpiceJet is focused on connecting these burgeoning areas with more than 60 airports that could not be served by larger jets. After an evaluation of all the aircraft in the 60- to 80-seat category, we selected the Q400 NextGen, which combines excellent reliability, economics and passenger comfort.”
SpiceJet has also signed a 10-year agreement under Bombardier’s comprehensive SmartParts programme that will provide a wide spectrum of cost-per-flight-hour maintenance for the airline’s full Q400 NextGen fleet.
“The fact that we will be able to proactively budget for traditionally variable expenses and count on optimal repair turnaround times under Bombardier’s SmartParts programme is another significant advantage,” noted Neil Mills, chief executive officer, SpiceJet.