Swinging liveries

Every monsoon, Delhi-based low cost carrier SpiceJet leases out two of its planes to Dutch charter operator Transavia. The aircraft return to India when the lean season is over and are reinducted into its fleet. So every six months, the aircraft livery swings from the bright red and white colours that SpiceJet sports to Transavia’s more sober white, green and blue.

Now painting aircraft is typically a detailed process with huge downtimes for the aircraft that a low cost carrier can never afford twice a year. Yet an airline’s livery is an important part of its identity and SpiceJet would never fly planes in Transavia colours, or vice-versa.

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