Earlier in the week, Low-cost carrier SpiceJet announced its entry in the full-service segment offering business class tickets on select domestic routes starting from Saturday, May 11th, making it the second budget carrier to do so after GoAir.
As per reports, The Wadia group-owned GoAir became the first domestic no-frills carrier, when it introduced business class back in October 2008.
In a statement, an official of SpiceJet said, “ SpiceJet will begin the service by first offering business class on some of its Boeing 737s to be operated from destinations like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bagdogra, and Srinagar.”
As per reports, this move by SpiceJet was triggered after it entered into a code-share pact with Gulf carrier Emirates which is a full- service operator following the lease of some of the Boeing 737s from the bankrupt Jet Airways.
Jet’ entire Boeing fleet, including the narrow-body B737s, and a few more which are being leased by other domestic airlines, are equipped with economy and business class configurations.
According to an airline official, currently, SpiceJet operates nine of the Jet Airways B737s on a lease, with a few more expected to join its fleet soon.
SpiceJet’s press release further said, “As part of the business class offering, SpiceJet will also provide higher baggage allowance, complimentary lounge access, priority services to passengers along with meals and beverages.”
As per reports, SpiceJet said that it is planning to add lounges at other airports as well to its already pre-existing lounges at Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Chennai, Kochi and Guwahati airports.
In a statement, SpiceJet said that Business class passengers will be eligible to carry 10kg of cabin baggage and 30 kg free baggage.
Speaking on the announcement, Ajay Singh, Chairman of SpiceJet said, “There is a huge demand for business class and we believe that our business class product business-SpiceBiz– with right pricing will be in demand.”