SpiceJet Fired a Senior Pilot for Misbehaving with an Air Hostess

Budget carrier SpiceJet fired a senior pilot for allegedly misbehaving with an air hostess during an international flight.

The incident, which allegedly took place on February 28 on SpiceJet’s Kolkata-Bangkok flight, came to light after the air hostess lodged a complaint with the airline, which in turn informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The regulator is probing the incident and may suspend the pilot’s license if the allegation is found true, sources said.

Sources said the pilot allegedly called the air hostess inside the cockpit after sending the co-pilot out and made her sit in the pilot’s seat while flying to Bangkok. He allegedly repeated the stunt on the return flight as well.

“The pilot has been sacked,” a SpiceJet official confirmed.

Budget Session Starts: Budget Airline Spicejet Offers Rs 599 Fares

SpiceJet offers 2016: 

While the New Civil Aviation policy moots Rs 2500 fare for an hour of flight, and as the Budget session in Parliament begins, the budget airline has launched its ‘Pre-Summer Sale’ with highly attractive fares across its domestic network keeping its base ticket price as low as Rs 599. 

The 3 day Spicejet special offer. Summer bonanza sale.

Launch – 23 Feb 2016
Open till – Midnight, 25th February 2016. 
Travel period – 1st March 2016 to 13th April 2016.
Inventory – Limited. Seats will be available on First-Come-First-Served basis.


  • Applicable on one-way tickets on the airline’s non-stop flights.
  • Sales fares are not applicable on group bookings.
  • Fares vary from sector to sector depending on the travel distance and flight schedules and timings are subject to regulatory approvals and change(s).
  • Refund – Only statutory taxes will be refunded.
  • Alterations – tickets changeable with a change fee and fare difference

The scrupulous flier will recall the GoAir offer earlier this month. It had announced a ‘Zero Cancellation’ charge scheme that ’empowers’ passengers to abandon their travel plans and not have to bear the flight cancellation costs if tickets are cancelled 30 days prior departure. 

Shilpa Bhatia, Sr. VP, Commercial, SpiceJet, said, “Spicejet offer is best suited for travelers who prefer off-season travel to save costs and avoid tourist rush. March – April being a spring season is also good for those travelers also who want to avoid extreme weather conditions.”

Tickets for this new Spicejet offer can be booked on NC Airways, as usual.

Now IndiGo, and Jet Airways are going to follow Spicejet.

Airbus or Boeing: Whosoever Delivers early, wins Spicejet’s Order

SpiceJet Ltd, the Indian budget carrier choosing between Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE for its at least $11 billion order, has one condition: Delivery needs to be on time.

“One of the selling points for anybody to make the offer more attractive to SpiceJet would be early deliveries,” chairman Ajay Singh said in an interview at the airline’s headquarters near New Delhi. “When Airbus and Boeing are talking to us, they are mindful of the fact that we need early deliveries.”

Shares of the operator of IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, plunged 19% on 22 January after saying Airbus will be unable to keep to the schedule for delivering the A320neo, while Qatar Airways Ltd declined to take delivery of the A320neo because the engine needed special measures at start up. There is no clarity yet on when actual deliveries will take place to these airlines. Deliveries of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners were delayed by three years.

“I don’t want to have a situation where I do the deal wrong,” Singh said, “We are in a competitive space. We need to ensure that we are not in a situation that our deliveries are delayed. We need to make sure that we get planes which are more fuel efficient, sooner rather than later.”

Singh said his company is open to switching to the A320neo if the terms and conditions are better, as a small size of its Boeing fleet makes a switch easier, he said. Deutsche Lufthansa AG is the only airline to have taken delivery of an A320neo.

“It is tougher to change when you are at 50 or 100 planes,” Singh said, “It’s much easier to do it at 20-25 planes.”

SpiceJet currently operates 28 narrow body jets, including 26 Boeing 737 jets, and two Airbus A320 aircraft. It started wet-leasing Airbus A320 jets for the first time in June. Under a wet lease agreement, the lessor also provides crew, maintenance and insurance to the operator.

SpiceJet, along with Air India Express, are the only budget customers for Boeing in India. IndiGo, the market leader, flies only Airbus jets, and has 430 planes on order apart from the 100 it already operates. The local units of Singapore Airlines Ltd, and AirAsia Bhd also fly Airbus jets.

If the airline does decide to stay with Boeing, it will modify a previous order for 55 737 Max planes as part of the new order, Singh said. If SpiceJet switches to Airbus, “we have to find some other solution,” he said.

An Airbus A320neo jet costs $107.3 million, while the top variant of a Boeing 737Max costs $116.6 million. Discounts are common in the industry.