SpiceJet grounds its B737 aircraft after passenger complains about the cabin’s poor condition

The DGCA ordered SpiceJet to ground a B737 aircraft in an unprecedented decision after a passenger tweeted pictures of its filthy interiors.

Some cabin panels were broken or missing, a few window frames were loose, and many seats were dirty or torn, according to the passenger. The DGCA requested that the budget airline operate it only after making necessary cabin repairs.

The DGCA took this unprecedented regulatory action on Tuesday, April 19 after a passenger on a SpiceJet Boeing 737 flight from Bengaluru to Guwahati took photos of the plane’s cabin and tweeted them, tagging the DGCA.

SpiceJet grounds its B737 aircraft after passenger complains about the cabin’s poor condition

Once this B737 returned to Bengaluru, a team of regulatory officials conducted a surprise inspection of the aircraft and, soon, the budget airline received an order to fly the aircraft only after carrying out the required repairs.

Confirming this, a SpiceJet spokesperson said: “We carried out interior cabin work on a SpiceJet Boeing 737 after it landed in Bengaluru at around 3:40 PM on Tuesday, April 19, under the direction of the DGCA. The aircraft resumed flying from April 20 after the approval of the DGCA”.

Following the twin blows of Covid wreaking havoc on air traffic and ATF (aviation turbine fuel) prices hitting record highs every two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, several Indian carriers are struggling to stay afloat.

Airlines that do not have cash reserves (IndiGo is the only one) or are not backed by large corporations such as Tatas (for four of its airlines) and Wadias are struggling to stay afloat.

The depreciation of the Indian rupee has exacerbated their problems. Airlines that do not have cash reserves (IndiGo is the only one) or are not backed by large corporations such as Tatas (for four of its airlines) and Wadias are struggling to stay afloat.

Without these two cushions, going is especially tough for airlines. The aviation ministry has been attempting to persuade states to lower ATF VAT, as well as asking the finance ministry to lower ATF excise.

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