SpiceShuttle is scripting a whole new chapter in Indian Aviation by being the pioneers in launching India’s very first seaplane service. This wholly-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet is an endeavour to further embolden the UDAN scheme that seeks to connect the unconnected parts of India, and thus fulfil the Government of India and honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s dream of a connected India. SpiceShuttle will, in the days to come, not only save travel time by connecting the previously unconnected regions but also provide a big boost to travel and tourism. The very first phase of this ambitious endeavour now connects Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity in Kevadia.
SpiceJet has conducted thorough seaplane trials in India since 2017 and is the only Indian airline to explore air connectivity through water bodies such as rivers or inland waterways. While under the first phase, trials of the land plane were conducted in Nagpur and Guwahati, the second phase involved the amphibious aircraft for which trials were held at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty. Seaplanes are the perfect flying machines that can help penetrate into untapped markets and regions that have challenges owing to its topography.
The fact that it is a SpiceJet venture provides a solid foundation to SpiceShuttle as a new enterprise. After all, SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. The airline has a fleet of 74 Boeing 737, 26 Bombardier Q-400s, 11 B737 & Bombardier Q-400 freighters, besides the latest entrants, the Twin Otter seaplanes. Besides operating in the domestic as well as international sectors, with London being the latest destination in its widening route map, SpiceJet also played a key role in repatriating Indians and foreign nationals during the CoVID-19 pandemic. The airline has operated 800 charter and Vande Bharat flights to help repatriate close to 1.3 lakh stranded Indian citizens and foreign nationals to and from countries such as UK, Italy, Canada, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Netherlands, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.
SpiceJet 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.