Budget carrier SpiceJet has teamed up with Isha Foundation of Sadhguru to conduct mid-air yoga sessions on some of its Boeing flights on Sunday.
SpiceJet crew and the Isha Foundation instructors will perform Upa Yoga at a height of 35,000 feet on June 21, the International Yoga Day.
According to the airline, approximately 50 dedicated Isha instructors and SpiceJet crew members, who have been specially trained to perform Upa Yoga, will undertake a 10-minute session onboard select Boeing flights across the SpiceJet network.
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MUMBAI: SpiceJet may take Airbus A320s on short term wet lease to expand its network while it waits for more Boeing planes to join its fleet.
A source in the know said the decision is “need based”. He didn’t elaborate how many will be taken.
The airline currently has 20 operational Boeing 737 planes and 14 Bombardier Q400s in its fleet. It recently said it wants to expand to 50 planes by March.
Mixing the fleet further comes as a surprise. But the person quoted above said inducting the planes on wet lease however means SpiceJet doesn’t have to pay for crew, maintenance or insurance.
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Budget carrier SpiceJet is looking to expand its fleet after giving immediate attention to regaining consumer confidence, co-promoter and chairman Ajay Singh has said.
“Under a detailed plan to bolster its fortunes, SpiceJet’s immediate priority is to further regain consumer confidence before embarking on fleet expansion,” Ajay Singh said at an event here on Saturday to mark the airline’s 10th anniversary.
“SpiceJet is on a highly visible upswing again. Funding requirement depends on how much the company needs. We are looking at expanding the fleet,” he said.
Ajay Singh, who said he has so far invested about Rs.800 crore in SpiceJet, had reassumed the reins as chairman and managing director last December after the company was hit by a major crisis.
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MUMBAI: SpiceJet announced a 5 hour flash sale on Friday with a 10% discount on select flight, its second offer this week to celebrate “10 years of flying”.
Passengers can avail of this offer between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday. The tickets can be booked for travel between July 1 and October 15.
Last Tuesday, the airline announced fares as low as Rs 1,010 for three days starting May 19 for travel between July and mid-October. It is not applicable for the dates July 16 to 20 and October 1 to 5.
On Wednesday it said it has registered a rise of 400% in booking volume on the first day of the fare sale as compared to a normal day.
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NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Spice-Jet plans to raise a low-cost debt of Rs 300 crore as part of recapitalisation to shore up its finances after the budget carrier changed hands earlier this year, said a senior executive.
The debt is likely to be used to part-fund the airline’s expansion plan. In a filing to the stock exchange on Thursday, SpiceJetBSE 1.69 % said it plans to expand its fleet by 40 per cent to 50 planes by March 2016.
SpiceJet’s promoter Ajay Singh has put in Rs 550 crore into the airline. Singh, who took over from media baron Kalanithi Maran in February, had earlier indicated that a total of Rs 1,200 crore will be pumped into the struggling carrier and a “blue-chip investor” was brought on board.
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NEW DELHI: Low cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet may have come a full circle from its troubled days when it was witnessing an exodus of pilots, cabin crew and other staff. The airline, which saw exit of 100 pilots when uncertainty had gripped the carrier till this February, is now going to hire an equal number of pilots.
“We have 20 Boeing 737s and 14 Bombardiers. While the lease of three B-737s will end shortly and they will go back, we are going to have 27 737s by the start of the October-December peak travel period. And, the airline has begun preparations for fleet expansion by hiring people,” said an official. The LCC, which has 400 pilots, will start the process of hiring pilots from next Monday.
“We will hire about 100 pilots, 50 commanders and as many co-pilots. We will also hire 200-odd cabin crew and flight engineers,” said SpiceJet HR head Kiran Koteshwar. SpiceJet was facing massive uncertainty till mid-February when its co-founder Ajay Singh returned at the helm of the airline.
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From May 15, SpiceJet Ltd will operate additional services connecting Delhi to Amritsar, Bengaluru, and Dharamshala for the peak summer period, and to Dehradun until October 24, stated a release. The Amritsar, Dehradun and Dharamshala flights will be operated by Bombardier Q400 aircraft, and the Bengaluru flight by Boeing 737s. Bookings for these flights are now open.
With these new flights, frequency of service for the summer will increase from 7 to 13 flights weekly to Dharamshala, from 7 to 14 flights weekly to Amritsar, from 14 to 20 flights weekly to Dehradun, and from 21 to 25 flights weekly to Bengaluru from Delhi.
“The addition of these flights will help meet the increased demand for these increasingly popular destinations, especially in peak season”, said Shilpa Bhatia, SVP and Head of Sales, SpiceJet Ltd. “These flights also demonstrate the commitment SpiceJet has to serving non-metro cities, which we are uniquely positioned to do amongst low-cost airlines due to the flexibility provided by the Q400 aircraft in our fleet”, she added.
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