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Initially, there were challenges with the
volume of cargo we could carry on our Airbus
A320/321 passenger aircraft, but we reworked
our strategy and were able to turn this into our
advantage. Within the end of the first month of
cargo charter operations, our team had broken
the record of the highest tonnage carried on an
A320 passenger aircraft.
produce both within and outside the country
to help Indian farmers.
Between March 25 and Septemeber 16,
2020, SpiceJet transported a record 9500 MT of
shrimp and farm produce of shrimp on both
domestic and international routes, powered by
fully integrated transportation network including air cargo, ground transportation, and warehousing facilities across the country.
Until September, the airline has operated
more than 7,000 cargo flights and transported
over 50,000 tonnes of cargo since the nationwide
lockdown began. Out of these flights, around
3000 were to international destinations.
SpiceJet, which for most part trailed IndiGo
in terms of market share, is finally having its day
under the sun, thanks to the success of its cargo
arm SpiceXpress which has become the country’s biggest cargo operator by taking advantage
of the lockdown and growing every day.
This, in turn, has pushed SpiceJet on the
fast lane; the airline has grown faster than most
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of its peers this year. It overtook Blue Dart in August to become the second largest in the air cargo segment.
Today, SpiceJet operates a fleet of 13 cargo aircraft (Boeing 737, Bombardier Q-400s) including two wide-body (Airbus A340) planes and is the only Indian carrier to operate
long-haul cargo flights to Europe. The induction of widebody cargo planes has significantly enhanced the airline’s
operational capability allowing it to operate non-stop cargo
services across the globe to destinations in Europe, Africa
and CIS countries.
Sanjiv Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, SpiceXpress
said, “As SpiceJet, we are in a unique position where we can
leverage our fleet strength, and our strong dominance in the
Indian cargo market. We have grown by 72% for the period
of March to June against the same period last year.”
As far as SpiceXpress is concerned, Gupta said, we are
now poised to take off. We have the unique advantage of
being a successful airline for the last 15 years.
“We have the best combination of passenger
and cargo fleet and well positioned to cater to
the regional requirements including Asia
Pacific, Central and Southeast Asia, and Arabian countries.”
“We have been able to demonstrate to our
customers that we are the most flexible cargo
carrier. Domestically, we have been able to
place flights within a few hours of being
notified. Internationally, we have been able
to do this within 24 to 72 hours. This has
turned a key differentiator for us,” said a
Gupta had said on a previous occasion
that earlier they used to operate them between the domestic airports with scheduled
routes. “But that went out of the window
when lockdown started. Our freighters now
go to the Middle East, Hong Kong, China,
Southeast Asia and SAARC countries. The
freighters are moving a lot of perishables from
Kochi, Calicut, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai
to the Middle East. While Southeast Asia is
mostly about inbound, the Middle East is
mostly about outbound.”
Between April to
cargo flights and
14,300 MT of
freight, clocking in
the highest net
monthly revenue in
August 2020 from
capacity of only
32 per cent.