Aviation regulator DGCA bars 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying Boeing 737 Max aircraft
Accordingly, these pilots would need to undergo retraining on 737 Max simulators.
In a statement, DGCA Director General
"Also, we will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse."
At present, the airline has 650 pilots trained to operate 737 Max aircraft.
The move is not expected to affect the airline's operations as the 90 pilots in question can operate other types of Boeing 737 aircraft.
Notably, the airline is the only one in India to have 737 Max aircraft in operation.
"SpiceJet has 650 pilots trained on Boeing 737 Max. DGCA had an observation on the training profile followed for 90 Pilots, and therefore as per the advise of DGCA, SpiceJet has restricted 90 pilots from operating Max aircraft, until these pilots undergo re-training to the satisfaction of DGCA," a SpiceJet Spokesperson said.
"This restriction does not impact the operations of Max aircraft whatsoever. SpiceJet currently operates 11 Max aircraft and about 144 pilots are required to operate these 11 aircraft. Of the 650 trained pilots on the MAX, 560 continue to remain available, which is much more than the current requirement."
The budget airline had recommenced flight services on Boeing 737 Max aircraft last year, after a gap of around two-and-a-half years.
AdvertisementIt has been re-certified by the aviation regulator DGCA.
The aircraft is expected to play a key role in the airline's strategy to expand its international and domestic operations.
The 737 Max can fly non-stop to Singapore, Doha, Kuwait,
Additionally, with one-stop, the aircraft can easily fly up to Finland, Norway, Morocco, London and Amsterdam.
The Max 8 can fly up to 3,500 nautical miles which is approximately 19 per cent more than 737-800 enabling the airline to fly to newer destinations.
AdvertisementIn addition, it uses up to 20 per cent less fuel than older 737s.
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