Spicejet said that it chartered a twin-aisle wide-body A33neo aircraft from Portuguese airline Hi Fly for this flight that features a configuration of 353 economy and 18 business class seats.
SpiceJet said it flight from Amsterdam to Bengaluru and Hyderabad on Sunday carrying 269 Indians. The low-cost carrier said during a handout it had chartered a wide-body A330neo aircraft from Portuguese airline Hi Fly for this flight from Amsterdam within the Netherlands.
While the Amsterdam-Bengaluru leg of the flight had the Hi Fly‘s call sign 5K471, “The flight arrived in Bengaluru at 8.58 am IST and therefore the same aircraft then proceeded to Hyderabad with the remaining passengers,” SpiceJet said.
Scheduled international passenger flights still remain suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international charter flights, permitted by the Indian aviation regulator DGCA, are operating as was common .
The aviation sector has been significantly impacted thanks to the travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries in sight of the pandemic. All airlines in India have taken cost-cutting measures like pay cuts, leave-without-pay and firings of employees order to conserve cash.