SpiceJet is a low-cost airline headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It is
the third largest airline in the country by number of domestic
passengers carried, with a market share of 13.3% as of October
2017. The airline operates 312 daily flights to 55 destinations,
including 45 Indian and 10 international destinations from its hubs at
Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Established as air taxi provider
ModiLuft in 1994, the company was
acquired by Indian entrepreneur Ajay Singh in 2004 and re-christened
as SpiceJet. The airline operated its first flight in May 2005. Indian
Kalanidhi Maran acquired a controlling stake in SpiceJet
in June 2010 through
Sun Group which was sold back to Ajay Singh in
January 2015. The airline operates a fleet of
Boeing 737 and
Bombardier Dash aircraft.
1.2 2005–2013: Inception and expansion
1.3 2014–present: Downturn and recovery
2 Corporate affairs
4.1 New orders
8 External links
Main article: ModiLuft
The origins of
SpiceJet can be tracked back to March 1984 when the
company was established by Indian industrialist S. K. Modi to provide
private air taxi services. On 17 February 1993, the company was
named as MG Express and entered into technical partnership with the
German flag carrier Lufthansa. The airline provided passenger and
cargo services under the name of Modiluft before ceasing operations in
2005–2013: Inception and expansion
In 2004, the company was acquired by Ajay Singh and the airline
planned to restart operations as
SpiceJet following the low-cost
SpiceJet leased two
Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 2005 and
planned to order 10 new aircraft for expansion.
bookings on 18 May 2005 and the first flight was operated between
Delhi and Mumbai on 24 May 2005. By July 2008, it was India's
third-largest low-cost carrier in terms of market share after Air
Deccan and IndiGo. Indian media baron
Kalanidhi Maran acquired
37.7% stake in
SpiceJet in June 2010 through Sun Group. The
airline ordered 30
Boeing 737-8 aircraft worth US$2.7 billion July
2010 and a further 15 Bombardier Q4 Dash short-haul aircraft worth
US$446 million in December 2010.
SpiceJet suffered a loss of over ₹390 million
(US$6.0 million) owing to increase in global crude prices. On
9 January 2012, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, reported
that several airlines in India, including SpiceJet, have not
maintained crucial data for the flight operations quality
Bombay Stock Exchange
Bombay Stock Exchange announced that ever since
SpiceJet had been suffering losses. In 2012, Kalanidhi
Maran increased his stake in the airline by investing ₹1 billion
(US$15 million) in the airline. The airline returned to
profits at the end of the same year. In 2013,
into an inter airline pact with
Tigerair on 16 December 2013 which was
later scrapped in January 2015.
2014–present: Downturn and recovery
In January 2015, the Sun group sold its entire shareholding and
transferred control to Ajay Singh.
In late September 2017, the airline announced that it had placed a
firm order for 25 Q400 turboprop aircraft.
SpiceJet is headquartered in Gurgaon, India. Ajay Singh serves as
Managing Director of the airline since January 2015. The
airline's logo consists of 15 dots arranged in three rows of five each
in the order of their reducing sizes on a red background. In June
2015, the airline unveiled its current logo with a new tagline Red.
SpiceJet names all its aircraft with the name of an
SpiceJet is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange
As of April 2018,
SpiceJet operates 306 flights daily to 35 Indian and
6 international destinations. It operates hubs at Delhi and
Hyderabad, which is the primary base for its fleet of Bombardier Q400
aircraft. After completing five years of flying,
allowed to commence international flights by Directorate General of
Civil Aviation on 7 September 2010.
SpiceJet launched flights from
Delhi to Kathmandu and Chennai to Colombo and the first international
flight took off on 7 October 2010 from Delhi.
SpiceJet Bombardier Q400
As of October 2017, the airline operates the following aircraft:
Boeing 737 MAX 8
Deliveries starting August 2018
Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NG
Launch customer of high-density 90-passenger model
SpiceJet placed its first firm order for 20 Next-Generation Boeing
737-800s in March 2005, with deliveries scheduled up to 2010. In
November 2010, in the presence of US president Barack Obama, the
airline ordered 30
Boeing 737-800s. On 9 December 2010, Bombardier
Aerospace announced that
SpiceJet had placed a firm order for fifteen
Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners with options for another fifteen.
SpiceJet used its fleet of Q400s for short-haul operations.
In March 2014, the airline signed a US$4.4 billion deal with Boeing
for the procurement of 42 737 MAX 8 aircraft. In 2015, SpiceJet
was in talks with both
Boeing and Airbus for a possible order of more
than 100 single aisle aircraft, either Airbus A320neo or the Boeing
737 MAX with the same being confirmed by Managing Director, Ajay
Singh, in a conference in Dubai.
In January 2017, the airline placed a firm order for 100 737 MAX 8
aircraft, and revealed itself as the airline behind the 13 MAX 8
aircraft previously attributed to an unidentified customer, taking its
total order to 155 MAX 8 aircraft with purchase rights for 50
additional MAX 8 and wide-body aircraft. The budget carrier plans to
grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of the decade
and expand regionally with the new 737 MAX family of airplanes. 
In June 2017, the airline signed a letter of intent with Bombardier at
the 2017 Paris Air Show, to purchase up to 50 Q400 aircraft, catering
to growth in passenger traffic arising from its participation in the
Indian government's UDAN regional connectivity scheme.
In-flight meal of Spicejet.
SpiceJet has moved away from the typical low-cost carrier service
model of economy class-only seating. The airline offers premium
services under the name SpiceMax, whereby passengers can obtain
additional benefits including pre-assigned seats with extra legroom;
complimentary meals on board; priority check-in and boarding; and
priority baggage handling; at a higher fare. Otherwise SpiceJet
does not provide complimentary meals in any of its flights for it does
have a buy-on board in-flight meal programmebut unlike other low cost
airlines , it provides full meals 
SpiceJet does not operate any
frequent-flyer programme and does not provide any in-flight
SpiceJet has partnered with Tripfactory for selling holiday packages
on its platform.
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