SpiceJet orders up to 50 turboprops

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet finalised a purchase agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for up to 50 Q400 Turboprop aircraft worth $1.7 billion at list prices.This is the largest ever order for Q400 Turboprop and SpiceJet will be the launch customer globally of the extra-capacity, 90-seater Q400. The purchase agreement includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft.

SpiceJet has taken delivery of 15 Q400 aircraft since 2010 and it currently operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and international destinations. SpiceJet had earlier this year placed an order for up to 225 narrow and wide-body jets with Boeing.

SpiceJet, a participant in the government's regional connectivity scheme, was awarded six proposals and eleven routes under the first phase of the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

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