That India is a market with a huge potential for air travel is by now well understood. One of the key challenges has been to get people beyond “the last mile” – meaning finding a way to connect people from outlying areas that do not have a reasonable runway. In many cases in India, the “last mile runway” is water. In an earlier story we discussed the impact SpiceJet could bring to bear with deploying smaller amphibians.
The concept of connecting the various outposts in India are government supported. Successful tests by SpiceJet has the potential for an order of up to 100 aircraft. In the US, the most extensive regional airline market in the world offers a guide to what could develop if the Indian market gets the same momentum.
The testing being undertaken by the airline and Setouchi should be watched closely. Success will make a substantial impact; on the market, the OEMs and airline.