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Bombardier Aerospace has
announced that Indian low-
cost carrier SpiceJet took
delivery in August of the first
two of 15 Q400 NextGen
turboprop aircraft ordered in
“SpiceJet’s order was
a breakthrough for our
Q400 NextGen turboprop
in the Indian market, and
Bombardier’s portfolio of
commercial aircraft and
customer services continues
to be well positioned to
support the development
of India’s airline network,”
says Chet Fuller, Bombardier
senior vice-president of
sales, marketing and asset
management, during a ceremony held on 26
August at Bombardier Aerospace’s Toronto
facility, where the aircraft is manufactured.
SpiceJet will use its new turboprops for
high-frequency, point-to-point services to
regional cities, complementing its larger
jet aircraft that connect major Indian cities.
SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in
India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
“As India experiences substantial growth,
many cities and industrial towns remain
underserved,” says SpiceJet
Chairman Kalanithi Maran.
“SpiceJet is focused on connecting
these burgeoning areas with
more than 60 airports that could
not be served by larger jets.
After an evaluation of all the
aircraft in the 60- to 80-seat
category, we selected the Q400
NextGen aircraft, which combines
excellent reliability, economics and
SpiceJet has also signed a
ten-year agreement under
SmartParts program that will
provide a wide spectrum of cost-
per-flight-hour maintenance for
the airline’s Q400 NextGen fleet.
“The fact that we will be able to
proactively budget for traditionally
variable expenses and count on optimal
repair turnaround times under Bombardier’s
SmartParts programme is another significant
advantage,” says Neil Mills, chief executive
officer of SpiceJet. – Andrzej Jeziorski
SpiceJet takes delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprops
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) will increase aeronautical fees
starting with the international passenger service charge (IPSC) from 15
The IPSC will be increased by 14 ringgit (US$4.66) to 65 ringgit at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in
Subang, Langkawi International Airport, Penang International Airport,
Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport.
At the Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) Terminal at KLIA and Terminal 2 Kota
Kinabalu, the charge will rise by 7 ringgit to 32 ringgit.
The ISPC has not been changed since 2002.
Landing charges will be increased in three stages, by 9 percent each
time. The first increase will come in January 2012, followed by further
increases in January 2013 and January 2014. Aircraft parking charges will
also be increased in three stages by 18 percent each year starting 2012.
Parking charges are based on 12-hour blocks, with the first three
MAHB points out that landing and parking charges have not been
raised for the past 17 years.
Landing fees are currently waived for three years for all new routes and
additional frequencies operated by airlines into Malaysia. This policy was
implemented in May 2002. – William Dennis
MAHB to raise aeronautical fees
NEWS IN BRIEF
AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA has commissioned a new terminal-area radar at
Adelaide Airport. The A$8 million (US$8.6 million) radar is part of the service
provider’s A$80 million Mode-S Terminal Area Radar project. The new radar
replaces equipment installed in 1993 and includes an improved, solid-
state primary radar with a 60km range and a Mode-S capable monopulse
secondary surveillance radar with a range of up to 256nm.
SINGAPORE’S CHANGI Airport had a strong May and June, with passenger
traffic rising 11.3 percent in May and 10.8 percent in June, compared with
the same months a year earlier. For the first six months of the year, the airport
handled 22.4 million passengers – up 10.7 percent compared with the same
period a year ago. Low-cost carriers led the growth, increasing 25.2 percent,
while full-service carriers grew 6.6 percent. One in four passengers who used
the airport flew on a low-cost carrier. Meanwhile, the airport has named
Turkish Airlines as its partner of the year, in recognition of the carrier’s efforts
to promote traffic between Singapore and Turkey.
THE AUSTRALIAN Government in August launched a trial of new body-
scanning equipment at Sydney International Airport. The trial, conducted
between 2-19 August, was to be followed by a similar one at Melbourne
International Airport in September. Passengers can volunteer to be security-
screened by the millimetre-wave scanner.
SpiceJet and Bombardier
celebrate the handover
of the airline’s first two
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