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SpiceJet's Operations, Safety Processes Get Green Signal From ICAO

The extensive ICAO audit firmly establishes SpiceJet's credentials as a safe airline which is a United Nations specialised agency that promotes the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation around the world

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The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) granted Indian budget airline SpiceJet a safety clearance on Monday following an extensive audit.

In a press release, the company said that the ICAO audit found all of its operations, safety processes and systems to be in working order.

The extensive ICAO audit firmly establishes SpiceJet's credentials as a safe airline. ICAO is a United Nations specialised agency that promotes the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation around the world, according to the release.

SpiceJet was the only scheduled Indian airline to be audited by ICAO. The audit of SpiceJet's safety systems assisted India in achieving its highest-ever safety rating in the ICAO audit.

In November, the auditing committee visited SpiceJet's headquarters. It audited and reviewed various flight critical functions and operational areas such as flight planning, weather assessment, route planning, aircraft serviceability, operations to critical airports, pilot rostering systems, cabin safety procedures, etc.

The ICAO audit is the safety standard. We are pleased that our safety culture, systems, processes and operations were in good working order and by global best practices and safety standards. This audit demonstrates SpiceJet's commitment to the highest level of safety, Ajay Singh said, SpiceJet's Chairman and CEO.

The airline has been on the radar of India's aviation regulator, the DGCA, for reporting technical hiccups and glitches. Other challenges for the airline include recent technical issues with some of its aircraft and the deregistration of several Boeing 737 planes due to non-payment of lessor dues.

For the record, SpiceJet had recently gone through a highly turbulent period due to several glitches and a failure to follow mandated guidelines regarding the training of some pilots.

After discovering that 90 of the airline's pilots were not adequately trained, the aviation watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), barred them from flying Boeing 737 Max aircraft in April 2022. 

This was followed by numerous aircraft problems. The DGCA also issued a show cause notice to SpiceJet in the first week of July for failing to establish safe, efficient and reliable services following a string of eight incidents in less than a month. The airline was given three weeks to explain why no action should be taken against it.

However, in October, the regulator lifted the 50 per cent cap restrictions placed on SpiceJet flights in July.


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