India's SpiceJet evaluating new aircraft

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Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is evaluating new aircraft but has yet to come to a decision about what it intends to buy.

In an email to ATI, SpiceJet CEO Sanjay Aggrawal says "the management team has been evaluating [new aircraft] and no recommendation has been made to the board yet."

SpiceJet operates 19 aircraft with nine more scheduled for delivery over the next 2-3 years, says Aggrawal. According to Flight's ACAS database SpiceJet operates 14 Boeing 737-800s with nine on order. It also operates five Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.

With regards to how many aircraft the airline seeks to acquire and the delivery window, Aggrawal says "this is still being worked on."

He also says "SpiceJet becomes eligible to fly internationally on 23 May 2010."

"We are still studying the markets," he adds.