SpiceJet's solutions for achieving this were not strikingly novel in terms of industry practice but they do highlight the virtues of diligent cost management.
One of the ways the airline did this was by focusing on what Aggarwal calls "smart flying".
This involves getting pilots to adjust ascent and descent profiles to yield significant cost benefits.
For instance, pilots were asked to ensure that aircraft travelling short distances did not climb too high and those flying longer distances climbed quickly (the broad rule being that the climb should be directly proportionate to the distance the aircraft is flying).
Also, fewer "hard landings" lower the need for aircraft repair.
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