Oneworld will this morning unveil SriLankan Airlines as its latest member elect during the annual general meeting in Beijing.

In its first phase of north India expansion, SpiceJet will launch services with flights to Amritsar, Chandigarh, Srinagar and Indore from July 12, 2012 with its newly acquired five Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop fleet. SpiceJet yesterday announced that New Delhi would be the third parking base after Hyderabad and Chennai for the new Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop fleet to serve air connectivity for more destinations in north India.

SpiceJet took the delivery of the five Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft in a single day last week from Bombardier in Canada. These aircraft would be primarily stationed in New Delhi to cater to the needs of north India regions. SpiceJet’s fleet expansion, with addition of these Q400 aircraft is an effort to further enhance air connectivity to Tier-II and III cities and towns. With the latest delivery, SpiceJet’s total fleet of Q400 aircraft now stands at 12. Each SpiceJet aircraft has been named after a particular spice. These five new aircraft will be christened as Dhaniya, Haldi, Javitri, Jaiphal and Laung, and all are financed through Export Development Corporation (EDC) of Canada.

The Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft can accommodate 78 passengers. SpiceJet had placed an order for 15 such aircraft and have now taken delivery of the first 12 aircraft so far. SpiceJet is the only airline in India which has a fleet of Bombardier’s Q400. In the first phase of the Q-400 operations, the airline connected to Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Calicut, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Madurai, Mangalore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Trichy, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Vijayawada, and Vizag.

“We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our footprint further in north India with flights to Amritsar, flights to Chandigarh, flights to Srinagar and flights to Indore. With our expanded network, SpiceJet would be the only low-cost airline to have such a strong presence across India with 36 destination airports domestically. We are thankful to the EDC for supporting us in buying these aircraft,” said Neil Mills, Chief Executive Office, SpiceJet.

Beginning of air service between Amritsar and Srinagar could give a major boost to trade and tourism industry after Spice Jet announced air connectivity between holy city and the valley.