SpiceJet, which was put under enhanced surveillance by the Indian regulator has been freed from that status. The airline is planning return of 3 Q400s in its fleet.
SpiceJet not under enhanced surveillance
Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has been removed from the enhanced surveillance category. Indian aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had put the airline in the category since June 22.
At that time, when Press Trust of India (PTI) reported this news, SpiceJet denied it saying that the airline has received no such information from the regulator. The PTI report said that the regulator did this to assure that SpiceJet ahere to safety standards. As the carrier struggles financially, the regulator was making sure that it do not compromise on industry benchmarked safety standards.
No safety compromisation : All OK
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which is the aviation guard of India, conducted a detailed check of SpiceJet assets. The DGCA conducted 51 spot checks across 11 locations of SpiceJet Boeing 737 and Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 fleet.
DGCA teams checked 23 aircraft and made 95 observations. DGCA said that they found nothing serious during the checks. To counter some findings, the airline took some extra maintenance actions.
Allegations of bad maintenance
In June, GASL Ireland, an Ireland based lessor dragged SpiceJet in court alleging that the condition of the aircraft upon redelivery was very bad. The lessor leased a Boeing 737-800 to SpiceJet. The airline failed to comply with redelivery conditions.
An independent engineer Peter Bull examined the aircraft and prepared a report. He took 1,800 pictures. In the report, he described the aircraft as one of the worst he has ever seen. Court awarded a summary judgement to GASL Ireland in this case.
Recently, the airline had entered into a settlement with City Union Bank. With this settlement, the airline was aiming to restart 3 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
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Source : The Hindu