Largest aircraft in domestic skies; has lower costs and greater seating capacity
NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has acquired its first Boeing 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft, making it the operator of the largest aircraft in the domestic skies.
Belonging to the next generation of Boeing 737 family, the new aircraft has an enhanced seating capacity of 212 though all its operations are similar to that of Boeing 737-800 which is currently being operated by SpiceJet.
Addressing the media on board during the second flight of the new aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport here earlier this week, SpiceJet Ltd Executive Chairman Siddhanta Sharma said the Boeing 737-900ER had been acquired as part of the airline’s aggressive growth strategy.
“The new aircraft will fly on high-density long-distance routes on the SpiceJet network. It will initially be deployed on the carrier’s existing Delhi-Goa-Mumbai route. The new Boeing will help us deploy greater seat capacity in popular sectors helping resolve slot constraints by accommodating higher loads. Its low operation cost will also help us become more profitable,” he said.
Apart from lower operating cost, the Boeing 737-900ER has lower maintenance cost and state-of-the-art flight deck systems such as head-up display, global positioning landing system and vertical situation display.
Range of benefits
“The range of benefits also includes increased belly space for cargo, lower noise levels and lower cost per average seat km. The 737-900ER is about 4,535 kg lighter than the A321 and has 9 per cent lower operating costs per trip,” added Mr. Sharma.
The CAT-IIB-compliant aircraft will have an extra pair of exit doors, optional blended winglets, flat rear pressure bulkhead and up to two optional auxiliary fuel tanks.
More aircrafts to come
The 62 million-dollar aircraft has been acquired as per the airline’s sale and lease policy and four more such aircraft are to be inducted into its fleet by September next year.