Having endured greater than two years of wait after the Boeing 737 MAX jetliner was grounded within the aftermath of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft of the identical make crashing in March 2019, finances airways SpiceJet has commenced its flights utilizing the plane and is all set to accumulate more of them within the coming days.
Chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh advised NDTV that each one the security considerations have been resolved associated to Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts and “it is the safest aircraft in the world”.
He mentioned that SpiceJet at present has a fleet of 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts and two of them are flying as of now. By December 10, he knowledgeable that each one the remaining aircrafts will likely be again in operation and deliveries of latest aircrafts may even begin from subsequent month. The home service has a complete order of 205 jets price $22 billion.
“It (Boeing 737 MAX) has gone through the greatest ever scrutiny any aircraft may have undergone in the history of aviation. Our regulators have gone through every little piece of it in the last two years and now it is flying in many parts of the world. It can be called as the safest aircraft in the world,” Mr Singh mentioned.
He knowledgeable that SpiceJet began flying the plane two days in the past and to date no difficulty has been encountered in any respect.
Elaborating about the issue being encountered with this specific mannequin of the jet, the SpiceJet chief mentioned that it was principally a software program modification.
“There is a stabilising mechanism in the aircraft which always pushes its nose up…There was a glitch in the software and has now been rectified. The aircrafts have been tested for thousands of hours and even (our) pilots underwent a two-hour training module,” he knowledgeable.
Mr Singh mentioned that although the scrutiny mustn’t have taken such a very long time, the regulators wished to be further vigilant and whereas SpiceJet got here below a number of strain, it’s good that precautions have been taken.
When requested how the finances airline managed its enterprise amid the Coronavirus pandemic and lack of flights as a consequence of lockdowns, Mr Singh mentioned, “SpiceJet has thrived in adversity and looked for opportunity even in adversity. In the absence of MAX aircrafts and Covid outbreak, we built our cargo business SpiceJet Express. We also developed our technology and MRO business during this period.”
Looking at the truth that SpiceJet has made heavy investments in MAX jets that are thought-about among the many most gasoline environment friendly, the corporate chairman mentioned that within the present state of affairs when gasoline costs in India are among the many highest on this planet, these aircrafts are 20 per cent more gasoline environment friendly.
He additional knowledgeable that its engineering prices are additionally decrease and these jets are one of the vital properly designed aircrafts.
“Even for passengers it is a good aircraft as they have 40 per cent less noise and greater leg space,” Mr Singh elaborated.
The SpiceJet head added that since gasoline and engineering prices are the 2 most necessary elements in aviation, the Boeing MAX aircrafts fulfill all necessities for them.
Mr Singh additional mentioned that SpiceJet will present broadband web services for passengers on these aircrafts by the tip of the yr.
“To begin with, it will be free and we will make sure that net access is proper. As people will try to make calls, we will disable voice calling but will enable email, chatting and watching content, so it will be a unique experience for passengers,” he mentioned.
The SpiceJet CMD mentioned that whereas competitors will scorching up, what with many new gamers coming into the Indian airspace (within the context of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s upcoming Akasa Air and Tatas shopping for Air India), it is going to be a excessive price market.
“Domestic space needs reasonable pricing but fare wars are not good and I hope that reasonable pricing is done. We cannot have a situation where the highest cost sector is selling at the lowest fares. This is not sustainable. We want larger states to reduce VAT on aviation turbine fuel as this will bring in more flights to these states and airport charges will also come down. The high cost structure needs to be changed if the common man has to fly. I hope that ATF does come under GST,” he mentioned.
On shedding out to the Tata Group on the Air India sale, Mr Singh mentioned that regardless of being harassed with SpiceJet, he was recreation for it.
“What’s the point in being in the aviation sector if we are not up for a challenge!” he quipped.
He added that regardless of shedding out to the Tatas, it’s good that the disinvestment went by way of.
Wishing the Tata Group luck, Mr Singh mentioned that they need to now rebuild and revive the model Air India.