SpiceJet, one of India’s fastest growing carriers, partners with Gulf Air to explore greater cooperation between the two airlines including coordinated cargo services.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in New Delhi on 20 November between SpiceJet and Bahrain-based Gulf Air, also covers an interline and codeshare agreement, engineering services and pilot training.
The scope of the MoU also goes further with the two airlines exploring growth opportunities beyond network expansion by leveraging each other’s strengths. SpiceJet and Gulf Air will look at collaborating in the field of pilot training to nurture talent in order to deliver the finest resources for both the airlines. The airlines will also engage and collaborate to enhance their respective cargo and engineering services, SpiceJet says.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet says, “I am extremely happy at the signing of this MoU and the beginning of this new partnership between SpiceJet and Gulf Air. This partnership will immensely benefit the two airlines and our passengers in times to come.
“These are exciting times for SpiceJet as we pursue our international expansion plan. We are developing an extensive portfolio of destinations both at home and in international markets. The Middle East has always been among our top priority markets. This agreement is going to play a very important role for SpiceJet’s next phase of growth as we continue to explore the innumerable opportunities around us,” Singh adds.
Krešimir Kučko chief executive officer, Gulf Air, adds: “This is a historic event for both Gulf Air and SpiceJet as we strengthen commercial ties between the two carriers; creating more choices for our valued passengers to explore new cities across our networks. We have a longstanding relationship with the Republic of India and we feel proud to work closely with our new friends at SpiceJet.”
SpiceJet also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress – which looks set for an IPO – offering seamless end-to-end cargo connectivity across India and on international routes utilising its belly capacity and B737F aircraft.