Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has agreed to lease six more Boeing 737-800s that are expected to join its fleet within the next two weeks.
The airline says that it has applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for no-objection certificates that will allow it to import the aircraft.
In addition to earlier plans to lease 16 other 737NGs and induct five Bombardier Q400s by June, SpiceJet will take delivery of 27 aircraft in the near term.
Those aircraft will help it to ramp up services and cover the capacity lost from the shutdown of rival carrier Jet Airways.
“SpiceJet continues to work closely with the government and regulatory authorities to help minimise passenger inconvenience,” says chairman and managing director Ajay Singh. “We will induct as many as 27 planes in a record time of less than two weeks and are hopeful that these inductions will help considerably ease the pressure situation.”
Jet Airways suspended operations on 17 April after it failed to secure emergency funding from its banks to pay for fuel and other critical services.