Spring Airlines is looking at the possibility of launching long-haul low-cost services, to tap on the growing appetite of Chinese seeking to travel internationally.
A source familiar with the airline's plan tells Flightglobal the idea of launching long-haul operations "has been in consideration for a number of years" and that "it is logical" for the carrier to make such a move.
The airline has identified Europe and the United States as possible long-haul destination it could serve from its hub in Shanghai, but this would be subjected to slot availability and regulatory approval, says the source.
He lets on that the airline has been approached by lessors to place Airbus A330s in its fleet, but that Spring is also looking at Boeing widebodies.
The Chinese low-cost carrier also launched Spring Airlines Japan this August, operating a fleet of three Boeing 737-800s out of Tokyo Narita International airport to three domestic destinations.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleet database shows that as of 27 August, Spring operates 43 Airbus A320s, and has another five on order. Operating mostly domestic services, the carrier also flies internationally to Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.