SpiceJet on Wednesday commenced commercial operations with its new Q-400 aircraft, flying daily to Tirupati and Bangalore.
Talking to media persons on the occasion, CEO of the airline Neil Mills said that SpiceJet was also increasing its service of the Vizag-Hyderabad route with the introduction of its third daily flight on the Q-400 aircraft from September 28.
The first commercial Bangalore-Vizag flight landed here at 10.40 a.m. and the inaugural Vizag-Tirupati flight took off at 11.10 a.m. According to SpiceJet's Chief Commercial Officer Samyukth Sridharan, with the maiden Hyderabad-Tirupati flight on Wednesday morning, the airline kicked off it phase of Q400 operations under which the airline connects Hyderabad to 12 popular tier II and tier III destinations – Aurangabad, Bhopal, Goa, Indore, Madurai, Mangalore, Nagpur, Pune, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Trivandram and Vijayawada. The inaugural all-inclusive fare to these cities would start at Rs. 999. The limited seat offer is valid for bookings for the first 14 days of commercial operations. The normal fare begins at Rs. 1,999. CEO of the airline Neil Mills said the brand new fleet of the latest Q400 next gen turboprop aircraft from Bombardier accommodates 78 passengers and is widely accepted as the best short-haul plane globally. SpiceJet had placed order for 30 such aircraft and already took delivery of the first four aircraft early this month. The cost of each aircraft was about $30 million. Mr. Sridharan said that SpiceJet already had a strong presence in Vizag, having commenced operations to the city in the year 2008 with two daily flights to Hyderabad and with connections to Delhi and Mumbai. In June this year, the airline introduced a Vizag-Chennai flight. Now, with the introduction of the flights to Bangalore and Tirupati, SpiceJet connected Vizag to six cities and is the largest airline serving Vizag, he stated. He also said that the Vijayawada-Hyderabad flight would be launched on Sept. 28, Hyderabad –Rajahmundry on Sept. 29 and Hyderabad-Mangalore flight on Sept. 30.