ISTANBUL, TURKIYE — Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines, has filed a lawsuit against Indian budget carrier SpiceJet for over USD14.5 million. The suit alleges that SpiceJet did not return emergency aircraft parts stock that it had been loaned and refused to pay invoices.

The claim was filed on December 21, 2022, by Turkish Airlines Technic Inc. in the Commercial Court division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales under case number CL-2022-000690. Turkish Technic claimed that SpiceJet and its maintenance and repair subsidiary, SpiceJet Technic, breached the terms of their aircraft component lending agreement, which was signed in 2018.

The 2018 contract stipulated that Turkish Technic would provide SpiceJet with functional aircraft parts in exchange for non-serviceable ones. In return, the carrier would be charged for repairs and provided with a reserve of emergency replacement components.

The two companies terminated their agreement after signing a comparable component support agreement in 2021. As a result, Turkish Technic is seeking the return of the replacement component stockpile loaned under the 2018 contract from SpiceJet. It also wants SpiceJet to pay for overdue invoices from March 2021 to December 2022, which amount to more than USD12.5 million. Additionally, the Turkish company alleges that the airline owes it USD2 million under a guarantee it provided to fulfill some of its obligations and is seeking interest on both amounts.