SpiceXpress, the cargo arm of SpiceJet, is among the four companies that have applied for no-objection certificates to launch scheduled air operations, says India’s Minister of Civil Aviation VK Singh.
During the recent Lok Sabha sessions, Singh highlighted that it is necessary to proceed with the launch of a scheduled airline. However, non-scheduled operations can be permitted without such a document.
While Singh did not go into any further details, the application indicates that SpiceJet’s cargo subsidiary, in addition to being a company separate from its mainline parent, will also have its own AOC.
Currently, the low-cost carrier operates three B737-700(BDSF)s and two B737-800(BCF)s under its own AOC alongside its passenger aircraft, even though they are branded separately.
What is AOC ?
Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) is the approval granted by a national aviation authority (NAA) to an aircraft operator which allows the airline to use aircraft for commercial purposes.
This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and system in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public. The certificate will list the aircraft types and registrations to be used, for what purpose and in what area-specific airports or geographic region.
Apart from SpiceJet, Jet Freight, a Mumbai-based freight forwarder, has also applied for a no-objection certificate, Singh informed.
The other two companies in the process of obtaining their no-objection certificates are ultra-low-cost-carrier start-up Akasa Air, which plans to launch by the end of 2021, and TruJet, which is seeking to alter the terms of its certificate following the announcement of a multi-million investment deal with US-based fund Interups.