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8:58 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

SpiceJet conducts seaplane trials in Mumbai

Agencies, New Delhi

SpiceJet, the country’s largest regional player, took a major step forward towards its goal of providing air connectivity to the remotest parts of the country as it conducted seaplane trials in association with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday.

SpiceJet and Setouchi Holdings have been working closely for over six months to explore opportunities for small ten and fourteen seater amphibious and land plane operations to provide air connectivity to smaller towns and cities of India which have hitherto remained unconnected due to infrastructural challenges.

According to a Spicejet press release, this was the second phase of trials for the amphibious aircraft. Under the first phase, trials of the land plane were conducted in Nagpur and Guwahati. SpiceJet is the only Indian airline to explore air connectivity through water bodies such as rivers or inland waterways.

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, regions in the North East, Andamans, Lakshadweep and other coastal areas are a few destinations that are being evaluated for amphibious plane operations.

The seaplane trails were conducted today in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation and senior government and aviation officials.

Commenting on this, Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet said, “We see tremendous potential in our smaller cities and we feel it is our duty as an Indian carrier to bring these smaller towns on the country’s aviation map.

Being the largest regional airline in the country and a trendsetter of the Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN, SpiceJet will continue to add new wings and give a boost to regional economies.” Kazuyuki Okada, President & CEO, Setouchi Holdings Inc., said, “SpiceJet has been doing an incredible job in driving the government’s UDAN scheme from the very beginning.

We are delighted to associate with the airline to support them in their grand endeavour. With the ability to land in a small or confined space, Kodiaks are the perfect flying machines that can effectively connect the country’s remote cities and airstrips, which can in turn revolutionize the regional connectivity scheme.

We look forward to exploring new opportunities with SpiceJet which will help us serve India better.”

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