SpiceJet, which is firming up its ambitious fleet expansion plans, is evaluating possible partnership with Gulf’s low cost airline FlyDubai. Apart from FlyDubai, the domestic carrier has received interest from various other Gulf airlines for collaboration, including for possible strategic investment, sources said. Spokespersons of and FlyDubai could not be immediately reached for comments. FlyDubai has evinced interest for partnership with SpiceJet and both sides will discuss various options, including the possibility of the Gulf carrier making a strategic investment in the domestic airline, sources said Dubai-based Flydubai operates to over 95 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, sources also said SpiceJet plans to place an order for about 150 new aircraft and in this regard, the airline is in talks with various manufacturers, including Airbus and Boeing. A final decision on the number of planes to be ordered is yet to be taken, they added. After going through turbulent times, SpiceJet saw the return of its original co-founder Ajay Singh at the helm in January this year.