Regional Connectivity Scheme Current Affairs - 2019
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No-frills airline SpiceJet became fourth Indian airline to have a 100 aircraft in its fleet after a recent induction of a Boeing 737 which became its 100th plane. The other three domestic airline with 100 Aircraft fleet are national carrier Air India, now grounded Jet Airways and IndiGo.
- It is a Gurugram-based budget carrier (No-frills airline). It has an aircraft fleet of 30 Bombardier Q-400s, 68 Boeing 737s and two B737 freighters.
- At present SpiceJet on an average operates 575 daily flights to around 62 destinations 53 domestic and 9 international. It last one month alone the airline has added some 23 planes.
- SpiceJet is a key player in Union government’s regional connectivity scheme called UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) as it operates 42 flights per day to and from various regional destinations.
- In 2015, SpiceJet placed an order for 205 aircraft with Boeing (US) worth $22 billion which was followed by order for 50 Bombardier Q400 planes worth $1.7 billion.
Other Indian Domestic Carriers
Eight main domestic carriers in India together have 595 planes in their fleet at the moment. They are-
- Air India has 128 planes in their fleet
- IndiGo has 230
- SpiceJet has 100
- GoAir has 49 planes
- Air India Express has 25 planes
- Vistara has 22 planes
- AirAsia India has 21
- Alliance Air (is regional subsidiary of Air India) has 20 ATRs for operations.
The Swedish aerospace and defence company (Saab) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore air traffic management (ATM) solutions for airports operating under the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.
Air traffic management is an aviation term comprising of all systems which aid the aircraft to depart from an aerodrome, transit airspace, and land at a destination aerodrome, including Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airspace Management (ASM), and Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM).
The AAI looks to benefit from the portfolio of Saab ranging from Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) and Surface Movement Radar (SR- 3) to Remote Towers which can be deployed at all types of airports.
About the agreement
The Saab and AAI will look to:
- Develop a pan-Indian ATM Automation System for airports under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme.
- Both will jointly explore potential avenues for co-operation for ATM solutions in India.
Saab ATM solutions have already been deployed at 11 airports in India and they can support single and multiple runway airfields, as well as remote operations and deployable systems.