SpiceJet’s Ajay Singh joins the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors (BoG), making him the only representative of the Indian airline sector on the board.
Singh, chairman and managing director of the low cost carrier – the first and only Indian LCC to join IATA as a member in March 2019, will serve a three-year term effective from the conclusion of the 75th IATA AGM in Seoul, Republic of Korea, last week.
“It is a matter of great honour for me to be inducted into the Board of Governors of IATA and to represent and serve the airline industry,” says Singh. “It also reiterates India’s leadership role on the global aviation map. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the IATA Board of Governors to drive the sustainability agenda whilst facilitating further growth and development of the aviation industry across the globe.”
Singh launched SpiceJet in 2005 with the objective of making flying affordable for all. After a successful tenure, he exited from the airline in 2010 before buying it back again from near shut down in 2015. He has since scripted one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in the industry.
The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.
The cargo subsidiary of SpiceJet took flight last September with two of the B737Fs to domestic routes and also launched its freighter service on the Guwahati–Hong Kong sector and became the first airline to connect North East India with Southeast Asia through a freighter route.
Singh recently announced that the cargo division would add four more B737NG Freighters to its fleet during the next FY2020, giving it a total of six freighters.