SpiceJet successfully operates India’s first-ever BioJet Fuel flight

Deepthi | Myequity news | Date : 27-08-2018 21:30:00 IST

In its endeavour to go green, SpiceJet, India’s most innovative airline, today successfully conducted India’s first-ever BioJet Fuel powered flight. The airline successfully undertook the flight today on the Dehradun- Delhi route. SpiceJet used its Bombardier Q400 aircraft for this flight.

At Dehradun, the SpiceJet fight was flagged off by Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat –Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. The flight successfully landed in Delhi in the august presence of Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari – Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; Shri Suresh Prabhu – Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and the Industry, Civil Aviation; Shri Dharmendra Pradhan - Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Shri Dr. Harsh Vardhan - Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Shri Jayant Sinha - Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Shri Ajay Singh - Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet and senior government and aviation officials.

SpiceJet is the only airline in India to explore aerial operations powered by BioJet fuel and intends to undertake operations using a blend of 75% of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and 25% of BioJet fuel, which has the potential of reducing carbon footprint by 15%. Made from Jatropha crop, the fuel has been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), one of the constituent laboratories of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research based in Dehradun. The BioJet fuel has been recognised by American Standard Testing Method (ASTM) and meets the specification standards of Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier for commercial application in aircraft.

“SpiceJet is delighted to operate the first BioJet fuel flight in India. This fuel is low cost and helps in significantly reducing carbon emissions. It has the potential to reduce our dependence on traditional Aviation Fuel by up to 50% on every flight and bring down fares. India is the fastest growing aviation market in the world today and it is our responsibility to grow using clean and sustainable technologies,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.

About SpiceJet Ltd:

SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates 412 average daily flights to 55 destinations, including 48 domestic and 7 international ones. The airline connects its network with a fleet of 36 Boeing 737NG and 22 Bombardier Q-400s. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India. SpiceJet’s standing as the country’s favourite airline has been further reinforced by the multiple awards and recognitions which includes the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Leadership Award to Ajay Singh, Global ‘Low-Cost Leadership Award’ conferred to Mr Singh at the Airline Strategy Awards 2018 in London, ‘BML Munjal Awards 2018’ for ‘Business Excellence through Learning and Development’, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ Award at Wings India 2018, ‘EY Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Business Transformation’ by Ernst & Young, The CAPA Chairman’s Order of Merit for fastest turnaround in FY 2016, 'Asia's Greatest Brands - 2016', ‘Global Asian of the Year Award’ & 'Asia's Greatest CFO 2016' at the AsiaOne Awards held in Singapore, ‘World Travel Leaders Award’ at WTM London, ‘Best Check- in Initiative’ award by Future Travel Experience global awards in Las Vegas, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ award at the 10th ASSOCHAM International Conference & Awards (Civil Aviation & Tourism).

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