SpiceJet inducted 10 of Boeing’s newest and most-advanced 737 MAX8 aircraft, in addition to five of the new 90-seater Q400’s and two freighters. The airline flew to eight new destinations and opened another nine routes under UDAN or the regional connectivity scheme flying more than 19 million passengers in the calendar year. Between October and December 2018, there has been an addition of 16 brand new planes which equals to 30 per cent expansion of the fleet.
The brand also achieved one of the biggest projects in the history of Indian aviation. SpiceJet launched a dedicated air cargo service, the first by any Indian carrier. The intent behind the same is to offer world-class cargo service to industry majors in India. SpiceJet also pioneered several unique initiatives like operating India’s first-ever BioJet fuel-powered flight, thereby paving the way to reduce the carbon footprint of the country.
The expansion also involved launching new routes, both Indian and international alike, and SpiceJet did not disappoint its patrons on this front. The brand introduced several new routes, including five direct flights to the temple town of Shirdi, one of India’s holiest destinations. Further, special daily flights would be operated during the Maha Kumbh Mela between Prayagraj (Allahabad) and New Delhi with a host of other new non-stop flights and frequencies connecting to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra and Goa. Among international destinations, Hong Kong has been recently introduced with several other key routes in the pipeline.