The Narendra Modi government’s plan to boost the domestic aviation market may get significant thumbs up after local airline SpiceJet’s promises to be ‘No runway’ model.
The plan hopes to now encompass millions of Indians who so far could not even dream of affording the facility to reach their destinations faster. Not requiring a fully functional airport, the airline aims to cater to those who can’t afford flights or those living far from the functioning airport.
SpiceJet is in talks with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings Inc in order to buy about 100 amphibious Kodiak planes. Such planes can land anywhere including on water, open field or gravel. The SpiceJet’s deal worth $400 million, would help it to capitalize PM Modi’s ambitious plan to connect the nation by air.
Amid the talks, Hiroshima-based Setouchi may conduct a water landing demonstration in November.
Notably, most of the India’s dormant airports infrastructure including runways, terminals and maintenance sheds and control towers have suffered decades long negligence. SpiceJet’s amphibious strategy emerges here to curb such issue.
Amphibious Kodiak planes can seat either 10 or 14 people and is capable of taking off or landing on a 300-meter strip of water or land. Additionally it has a range of 1,000 kilometers (that’s about distance between Mumbai and Bengaluru).
Reportedly, the deal could be finalized in as soon as three months. The planes could allow SpiceJet to land at as many as 300 of countries currently unused airports.