Seaplane services to resume from Dec 28 with new ‘decade-old’ aircraft - Defence News India
A month after the Twin Otter 300 seaplane flew back to its home country in the Maldives for a ‘scheduled maintenance’, a new aircraft is set to reach India to resume the seaplane service connecting Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity at Kevadia in Narmada district by December 27, the Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Limited (GUJSAIL) said Wednesday. The seaplane operations, which have been suspended since November 28, will resume on December 28, it said.
SpiceJet officials said the aircraft being brought in will be newer and “about a decade-old”. The bookings for the Ahmedabad-Kevadia seaplane route have commenced from December 28, they added.
The aircraft — 8Q ISC — which was brought in on October 25 for the inaugural run of India’s first-ever seaplane service, was a 49-year-old aircraft and had maintenance needs that could not be met in India due to its foreign registration and an absence of water hangar in the country. The aircraft had undergone a two-day maintenance activity on the third day after its inauguration.