A Dubai-based lessor of SpiceJet Ltd has asked the Indian aviation regulator to deregister three of the budget carrier’s aircraft as SpiceJet struggles with high costs and maintenance issues.
United Arab Emirates aviation company AWAS did not specify why it wanted to deregister the three Boeing 737s in Friday’s notification published by the Indian aviation regulator.
SpiceJet told Reuters that it is phasing back older aircraft, including these three aircraft, as part of its modernization plan.
“These returns are planned and will not have any impact on our operations,” a company spokesperson said by email. SpiceJet returned 12 old Boeing aircraft to lessors last year, the statement said.
AWAS did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
The director-general of civil aviation on Wednesday ordered SpiceJet to halve departures for eight weeks after technical issues raised safety concerns.
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AWAS filed its request under the Irrevocable Deregistration and Export Application Authorization provisions, which are typically filed after the failure of payment negotiations between a lessor and an airline.
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