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From Small to Big: SpiceJet to Acquire 2 Boeing 777s.

Indian low-cost carrier, SpiceJet has confirmed that they will go long-haul and launch routes that will travel as far as Northern America. This is because they have acquired 2 new Boeing 777s from Boeing as part of the Boeing 737 MAX settlement, following the grounding of the jet.

This has been a dream for SpiceJet for a very long time and has discussed the possibility of it numerous times. Now, with the new jets, this dream will likely become a reality, with the airline recently securing flight rights to the US earlier this year. This will also make SpiceJet the only low-cost Indian carrier to go long-haul.

SpiceJet has also posted on their Instagram, looking for trained pilots willing to fly the Boeing 777 on these new routes.

These new aircraft will not be new aircraft but would be two that were either undelivered or returned to Boeing over the last few years.

However, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Last year, SpiceJet also announced new long-haul routes, that time, to London. They would use Hi Fly's old A330neos but that idea was scrapped due to COVID-19. This time around seems more likely that it would become a reality, but the new Omicron strain poses a threat.

What is SpiceJet (From SpiceJet Press)

SpiceJet is India's favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q-400s & freighters and is the country's largest regional player operating 63 daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The majority of the airline's fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.

The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.

SpiceJet will receive 2 Boeing 777s as compensation for the 737 MAX grounding | © SpiceJet

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