Spice Shuttle (Seaplane) is a new regional airline. The airline operates scheduled passenger flights, as well as private charter and scenic tours. The airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet, which is one of the largest and best-loved airlines in India.
The airline is pioneering aviation in India, becoming India’s first ever seaplane operator. SpiceJet began conducting seaplane trials in 2017, before announcing that commercial seaplane flights are set to commence in 2020. The seaplanes (Twin Otter seaplanes) will allow the airline to connect regions and communities that are otherwise hard to reach, due to difficult topography.
Spice Shuttle is being supported by the government’s UDAN scheme, which provides financial incentives and encouragement to a select number of airlines, with the aim of fostering greater connectivety to otherwise disconnected parts of India.
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As of October 2020, the airline operates the following route:
By road, this route would take up to 4 hours, but by seaplane, the flight will take just 30 minutes. This route is currently being operated multiple times a day.
SpiceJet has secured 18 seaplane routes. It is expected that the airline will add the following routes to its network soon:
The airline currently only operates a single route, and departs from Sabarmati Riverfront, in the city of Ahmedabad. More information about arrival times and check-in will be provided during the booking process.
Due to the nature of the aircraft and route, only a limited weight of baggage is allowed. This information will also be detailed during the booking process.
There is only standard seating onboard the flight, as there are just 15 seats. Onboard amenities might be limited, but passengers can enjoy a premium and exhilarating flight experience. This includes taking-off and landing on water, and stunning aerial views thanks to the low-altitude of the flight.
Onboard facilities are limited. Passengers are welcome to bring snacks onto the flight, although the flight is only a short duration. Full amenities, including shops and W/C facilities, will be available before passengers depart, and once passengers have landed.
Under the government’s UDAN scheme, the airline’s flights will be offered at subsidised fares. The aim is to provide greater connectivity at affordable prices for locals, as well as encouraging tourism.
The airline uses a 15-seater Twin Otter 300 plane for seaplane flights. This reliable aircraft is fitted with an environment-friendly Twin Turboprop Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 engine.
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The airline is owned by SpiceJet, the second largest airline in the country. Tickets will be owned by SpiceJet, with the flights being operated under the Spice Shuttle brand.
Spice Shuttle is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet, which is based at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). DEL is the primary airport in the capital of Delhi, and the busiest airport in India. Other airlines that operate out of the airport include: Air India, Bhutan Airlines, Air Deccan, British Airways, Emirates, Uzbekistan Airways, and many other airlines.
30th October, 2020
SpiceJet has announced that it will be using a 300 De Havilland Canada Twin Otter seaplanes to begin operating new routes in India. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, SpiceJet is turned to new sources of revenue, and hopes the seaplane-operated flights will help boost regional connectivity and encourage travel. The planes will be able to both take-off and land on small water bodies, as well as short airstrips.