SpiceJet is reportedly adding three Bombardier Q400 aircraft to expand regional services, starting in October, to the northeast and elsewhere. The airline has 14 Q400 aircraft in service from its original order. It is the first such addition. The new aircraft will be based in Kolkata and used on existing and new routes in the northeast. The airline is planning a new Kolkata-Dhaka and Kolkata-Silchar service.
At present, it only flies to Guwahati and Agartala in northeast. SpiceJet operates nearly 300 daily flights and around 120 of these are operated with Q400 aircraft from Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru. The number of daily flights is likely to increase by a fifth after induction of the new aircraft.
SpiceJet was among the first private companies that stepped into the Indian aviation sector. The airline was launched with an objective to deliver the lowest air fares with the highest consumer value, to price sensitive consumers.