SpiceJet to start dedicated air cargo services from September 18
No-frills airline SpiceJet is going to launch its dedicated air cargo services from September 18. The carrier, which is working on ambitious business plans, said it would operate the cargo services under the brand name 'SpiceXpress' and has a detailed plan for domestic as well as international routes. SpiceJet would be the first scheduled domestic airline to start dedicated air cargo services in India.
Boeing 737-700 plane has been inducted as first freighter aircraft
A Boeing 737-700 plane has been inducted as the first freighter aircraft. The airline would launch SpiceXpress operations on September 18 and the first flight would be from Delhi to Bengaluru, an airline official said. The aircraft has a capacity for 20 tons of cargo. "To begin with, the air cargo operations will cover Delhi, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Kabul, and Amritsar," SpiceJet said.
Air cargo services would boost SpiceJet's ancillary business growth
According to the airline, the air cargo services would boost its ancillary business growth. SpiceJet plans to have an "air cargo fleet with the first four freighters scheduled to be inducted in FY 2019," the release said. The fleet of freighters would consist of Boeing 737 planes and would be "operated on an incremental direct operating cost model," it added.
SpiceJet would ship perishables like farm fresh fruits, vegetables
SpiceJet would utilize a common pool of resources like pilots, engineers, ground staff and airport infrastructure for the cargo services. Among other items, the airline said it would ship perishables like farm fresh fruits and vegetables to the Middle East. The air cargo traffic in the country is expected to grow by 60% in the next five years, as per estimates.
SpiceJet's existing fleet has cargo capacity of about 500 tons/day
SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said there is a huge untapped market for air cargo services in India. At present, SpiceJet's existing fleet has a cargo capacity of about 500 tons/day. "With the launch of the dedicated freighter service this capacity would go up to 900 tons/day in a phased manner with the addition of four freighters by March 2019," SpiceJet said.