Times of India has reported SpiceJet budget airline will become the first Indian low cost carrier (LCC) to operate a wide body aircraft on medium and long haul routes, the news source said.
The Ajay Singh-owned airline has taken an Airbus A330-900neo on wet lease (on rent with operating crew) from Portuguese charter firm Hifly. This aircraft will perform its first flight for the Indian budget airlines on August 1 when it brings home Indians from Amsterdam to Bengaluru.
This aircraft will do the first medium haul flight for an Indian LCC when it departs Amsterdam Schiphol on August 1.
SpiceJet has been designated as a scheduled Indian carrier to operate flights to the US and UK. The airline is reportedly trying to get slots for London Heathrow.
SpiceJet is testing the waters for wide body operations with this move.