The SpiceJet lessor asks the Indian DGCA to withdraw the registration of its Boeing plane

A SpiceJet passenger Boeing 737-800 takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

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Aug 2 (Reuters) – Alterna Aircraft Ltd, an Irish lessor of low-cost airline SpiceJet Ltd (SPJT.NS), has asked India’s aviation regulator to withdraw its plane.

Alterna, in its request dated Monday to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), did not specify the reason for deregistration of one of its Boeing 737-800s.

“This aircraft is part of an early termination agreement signed with the lessor in November 2021,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said. “This aircraft has already been retired from our fleet for over eight months and does not affect our operations or schedule in any way.”

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The airline has been in the spotlight lately after a series of incidents related to technical issues on its flights. One of its Dubai-based lessors had also asked India’s aviation regulator to deregister three of SpiceJet’s planes. Read more

Landlords typically seek write-off when leases are terminated for reasons such as non-payment of rent.

Last month, India’s aviation regulator ordered SpiceJet to cut its approved fleet by 50% this summer for eight weeks, citing safety concerns and said it would subject the national airline to ‘increased scrutiny’ “. Read more

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Reporting by Aditi Shah in New Delhi and Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat and Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri

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