Spicejet in talks with planemakers over long-haul options
29 July, 2018, 3:11 pm
FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – Indian budget airline Spicejet
“We would dearly like to take passengers to Europe and the United States,” Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of Spicejet, said at an airline panel during the Farnborough Airshow.
“The question is the cost. Can we put enough seats in to get some of the advantages of short-haul low cost? Is there a model out there that we can use?”
“We are exploring that and hope we have some answers soon. We are talking to aircraft manufacturers and let’s see if we can build something out,” he added.
The rise of low-cost long-haul traveling has been led by Asian carriers such as AirAsia
Gus Kelly, the CEO of Dublin-based lessor AerCap
“Someone will get this right,” Kelly said, adding the takeover interest in Norwegian Air Shuttle from IAG
Spicejet’s Singh said there was a clear place for low-cost long-haul.
“Clearly the market exists from countries like India. In the future, I think this will be the fastest growing market in the world, especially for medium to long-haul,” he said.