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SpiceJet logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2005
Commenced operations 18 May 2005; 10 years ago (2005-05-18)
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program SpiceJet MAX[2]
Fleet size 34
Destinations 41[3]
Company slogan We Do It With All Our Heart
Headquarters Gurgaon, India[4]
Revenue Increase US$ 964.13 million (2013)
Employees 5,252 (2013)
Website spiceJet.com

SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost airline. It is the country's second largest airline by domestic passenger share.[5] The airline operates more than 270 daily flights to 41 destinations, including 34 Indian and 7 international cities[3] using a fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation and Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

The airline began services in May 2005[6] and has its corporate office in Gurgaon, Haryana.[7]


1993–1996: ModiLuft era[edit]

Main article: ModiLuft
A Boeing 737-200 in a livery similar to that of Lufthansa.

The origins of SpiceJet track back to February 1993 when ModiLuft was launched by Indian industrialist S K Modi, in technical partnership with the German flag carrier Lufthansa. The airline ceased operations in 1996.

2005–2013: Inception and expansion[edit]

SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER taking off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad

In 2004, Ajay Singh raised funds and restarted operations as SpiceJet following the low-cost model.[8] SpiceJet leased 3 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.[9] On 7 March 2005, the Airports Authority of India approved three overnight parking slots to SpiceJet, with two in Delhi and one in Mumbai.[10] SpiceJet opened bookings on 18 May 2005.[11] The first flight was flagged off by then Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Praful Patel. The first Boeing 737-800 aircraft left Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai on 24 May 2005.[12] By 2008, it was India's second-largest low-cost carrier in terms of market share.

Indian media baron Kalanidhi Maran acquired 37.7% stake in Spicejet in June 2010.[13][14] In 2012, SpiceJet suffered from a loss of over 390 million (US$6.1 million) owing to increase in global crude prices.[15] On 9 January 2012, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, reported that several airlines in India, including SpiceJet, have not maintained crucial data for the flight operations quality assurance or the FOQA.[16] The Bombay stock exchange announced that ever since June 2011, Spicejet had been suffering losses.[17] In 2012, Despite the losses, Kalanithi Maran increased his stake in Spicejet by investing 1 billion (US$16 million) in the airline.[18] The airline returned to making profits at the end of the year.[19] In 2013, SpiceJet launched its first interline pact with Tigerair on 16 December 2013.


In July 2014, SpiceJet announced up to 50 per cent discounts due to competition.[20] In December 2014, SpiceJet cancelled many domestic flights across the country.[21] Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued warning over non payment of salaries and dues, while the airport operators moved to put the carrier on cash-and-carry mode, which means the airline can use the facilities of an airport only upon immediate payment.[22] On December 17, all flights were grounded after oil companies refused to refuel its planes.[23] Flights resumed the next day.[24] In January 2015, the Sun group sold its entire shareholding to the airline's founder Ajay Singh and transferred control.[25]


Revenue Passenger Kilometres (Total)
Year Traffic
2008 4397
2009 4819
2010 6807
2011 8639
2012 10322
Source: SpiceJet annual reports
Main article: SpiceJet destinations

SpiceJet currently operates over 270 flights daily to 34 Indian and 7 international destinations. The airline flies Boeing 737-800 and −900ERs nd Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s. After completing 5 years of flying, SpiceJet was allowed to commence international flights by the Airports Authority of India on 7 September 2010. SpiceJet launched flights from Delhi to Kathmandu and Chennai to Colombo. The first international flight took off on 7 October 2010 from the Delhi airport.[26] In April 2011, SpiceJet announced that they chose Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport as the primary base for its new fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.[27] On 12 January 2012, SpiceJet's fleet went up to 40 as Boeing delivered a brand new 737-800 aircraft.[28]


SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER taking off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad

SpiceJet placed its first firm order for 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s in March 2005, with deliveries scheduled up to 2010.[29] Again in November 2010, SpiceJet order for another 30 Boeing 737-800s with winglets in the presence of the American president, Barack Obama. Neil Mills, the chief executive officer of SpiceJet said "We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737—an airplane that is reliable, allows for greater efficiency in maintenance and supports the business plan for low-cost carriers".[30] On 9 December 2010, Bombardier Aerospace announced that SpiceJet placed a firm order for 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has also placed an option to buy another 15 of those. SpiceJet used its fleet of Q400s for short-haul operations.[31] Each aircraft in the SpiceJet fleet is named after a spice[32][33] SpiceJet sold five of its old Boeing 737-800 to other operators on receiving new ones. One of the five was SpiceJet's own which is now in the possession of Somon Air.[34] In February 2012, SpiceJet announced that it would take the delivery of ten more aircraft during 2012, of which seven would be the Bombardier Q400.[35] In March 2014, Spicejet signed a $4.4 Bn deal with Boeing for procurement of 42 737-8 MAX aircraft.[36]

As of July 2015, the airline has the following fleet:[37]

SpiceJet fleet[38]
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Boeing 737-800 16 11 189 all dry leased
Boeing 737MAX 8 42 Deliveries starting 2018-2019
Boeing 737-900ER 2 212
Airbus A319-132 2 134 Wet Leased
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 14 15 78 1 dry leased
Total 34 69

Current fleet[edit]

SpiceJet currently has a fleet consisting of 19 Boeing 737-800/900ER aircraft and 15 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and it is in the process of leasing 7 additional Boeing 737-800 by April–May 2015.[39] It will wet-lease 3 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Prague-based Travel Service Airlines.[40]


In-flight entertainment[edit]

MaXposure Media Group, an integrated media solutions company publishes SpiceRoute, the official in-flight magazine.[41]


SpiceMax is a combo offer provided by the airline that includes priority check-in and extra legroom seats. At international airports across India, SpiceMax guests are provided assistance at a dedicated SpiceMax counter and are checked in first.[2]

Spice Add-ons[edit]

Spice Add-ons has a host of benefits that includes domestic travel insurance, in-flight meals, excess baggage allowance, bag out first, SpiceMax, student discounts and other offers.


SpiceConnect is an exclusive membership with features such as a personalized dashboard to smoothen the booking process, express bookings to make quick bookings, a safe store to make quick, secure payments, and a feature that keeps you updated with the latest offers from SpiceJet.

My Spice Trip[edit]

This is a travel service in partnership with tripfactory.com. This is a separate product offering travel search and deals for travel and hotels.[42]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • India’s Low Cost Airline by Outlook Traveller (2008, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
  • India’s International Low Cost Carrier of the Year- 2012 by Travel Agents Association of India. (TAAI)
  • India’s Most Outstanding Airline LCC-Domestic Award, by Travel and Hospitality. (2012)
  • Best LCC Website at 'World Worst Low Cost Airlines Asia Pacific Conference', Singapore. (2010, 2011 & 2012)
  • India's Top 100 CIO Award for customer dissatisfaction and business growth category. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
  • India’s worst low-fare airline in a survey conducted by MaRs on behalf of Hindustan Times (Dec 2009)
  • World Travel Market Award for multi-channel approach in distribution. (2009)


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