Jet Airways sets a new record with the highest uplift of belly cargo by an Indian carrier – and nearly a world record – in a single flight, carrying 45 tonnes of cargo on a flight from Mumbai-London operated by a B777-300ER aircraft.
The record is also globally significant as only two other international carriers have previously operated a flight each with a cargo complement of over 40 tonnes on a B777-300 aircraft, the carriers says.
The record cargo payload comprised a product mix including perishables (fruits and vegetables), engineering goods, garments, courier, leather goods and consolidation cargo.
Speaking about the achievement, Pradeep Kumar, sr. vice president, Jet Airways Cargo says: “Air cargo is a vital part of the business at Jet Airways and this milestone is testament to our dedicated focus of growing cargo revenues, which has recorded a CAGR of more than 15 per cent in the past three years.”
Jet Airways operates B777-300’s on the India-UK route, which allow it to carry over 100 tonnes of cargo daily. Kumar notes that the air cargo market between India and the UK is growing rapidly at over 14 per cent in the past three years, in line with passenger loads on the sector.
“Cargo revenues improved up to 18 per cent vis-à-vis last year while the yields improved by 17 per cent. This is a significant growth in comparison to similar airlines, since we are a combination carrier with a varied fleet of B737s and wide-bodies comprising B777-300 ER’s and A330-200/300 aircrafts. This growth has been achieved by changing the traffic mix, market segmentation, product mix, and, improved utilisation of available capacity both on our wide body and narrow body aircrafts,” Kumar adds.
Cargo services from Jet Airways says that is cargo services have contributed to the development of agriculture and trade in the country by enhancing the farmer’s access to overseas markets via exports of fresh produce, especially exotic, high-end fruits such as Kiwi, Strawberry, Pineapples, Dragon fruit, Mango, among others. These are exported directly to various markets including Europe, as well as the Gulf states.
The airline’s pan-India network has also improved access for farmers from the country’s North East, enabling them to export fresh produce directly from Guwahati to Dubai via Delhi as transhipment hub for completion of export formalities, the carrier says.
Having over 25 years of experience in air cargo transportation, Jet Airways has a highly trained and dedicated team of professionals servicing 45 key stations in India and 21 key stations internationally. Along with interline partners and dedicated trucking service, the airline is able to transport shipments from any of the Jet Airways stations to major destinations, gateways and capital destinations across the world.
The Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 124 aircraft, comprising B777-300 ERs, A330-200/300, the latest B737 Max 8, B737 NextGens and ATR 72-500/600s.