SpiceJet and Quest owner Setouchi have explored opportunities to provide regional air connectivity to smaller towns and cities in India that remain unconnected due to infrastructure challenges. It has conducted few trials involving an amphibious Kodiak equipped with a standard undercarriage in Nagpur and Guwahati. SpiceJet adds that it is considering the operation of amphibious aircraft in the North eastern regions such as Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, along with other coastal areas of the country.
According to Quest’s website, the Kodiak can carry a maximum of 10 occupants including the pilot. It can take off with just 934ft of runway, and has a range of 1,132nm. It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A turboprop. Last month, SpiceJet announced the possibility of obtaining Kodiaks for regional flights. The Quest Kodiak is an American high-wing, unpressurized, single-engine turboprop-powered fixed tricycle landing gear utility aircraft built by Quest Aircraft, suitable for utility applications on unimproved airfields.
Right now SpiceJet operates 37 Boeing 737s, and 20 Bombardier Q400 turboprops.