SpiceJet lessor asks India’s DGCA to de-register its Boeing aircraft

A SpiceJet passenger Boeing 737-800 aircraft takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad, India May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

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Aug 2 (Reuters) – Alterna Aircraft Ltd, an Ireland-based lessor of budget-airline SpiceJet Ltd (SPJT.NS), has asked India’s aviation regulator to de-register its plane.

Alterna, in its request dated Monday to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), did not specify the reason to de-register one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“This aircraft is part of early termination agreement executed with the lessor way back in November 2021,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said. “This aircraft has already been removed from our fleet for over eight months and does not in any manner affect our operations or schedule”.

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The airline has been under the spotlight lately after a slew of incidents related to technical snags on its flights. One of its Dubai-based lessors had also asked the Indian aviation regulator to de-register three of SpiceJet’s planes. read more

Lessors typically apply for de-registration when lease agreements are terminated for reasons such as nonpayment of lease rentals.

India’s aviation regulator last month ordered SpiceJet to slash its approved fleet to 50% this summer for eight weeks citing safety snags and said it will subject the domestic airline to “enhanced surveillance”. read more

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Reporting by Aditi Shah in New Delhi and Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat and Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri

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