India’s SpiceJet has added Sudan and South Korea to its international cargo network, operating its maiden freighter flights to both, carrying pharma, medical and other cargo.
SpiceJet deployed its B737 freighter aircraft to carry 16 tonnes of cargo to Khartoum (KRT) in Sudan via Ras Al-Khaimah (RKT) and another 16 tonnes of cargo from Delhi (DEL) to Incheon (ICN) in South Korea via Kolkata.
Ajay Singh, chairman & managing director, SpiceJet, says: “Our maiden cargo flight to Sudan marks a major milestone for SpiceJet. We will be actively using Ras Al-Khaimah airport as a hub for our cargo operations to Africa and CIS countries in the times to come. With our first cargo flight to Incheon in South Korea we have made a significant addition to our cargo network in East Asia.”
SpiceJet has transported 10,600 tonnes of cargo on 1,620 flights since the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown began in India on 25 March.
SpiceJet has operated special cargo flights to and from Cebu, Huangzhou, Tashkent, Baghdad, Cambodia, Guangzhou, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Myanmar, Sharjah, Male, Kuala Lumpur and Ukraine, among others.
SpiceJet operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on 7 April carrying vital supplies in passenger cabin & belly space. Since then, the airline has been regularly deploying its B737 and Q400 passenger aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.
SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s dedicated cargo arm, has been regularly transporting surgical supplies, sanitisers, face masks, coronavirus rapid test kits, IR thermometers etc. and providing doorstep deliveries of essential supplies, medicines and medical equipment to various cities in India.
The airline says it has also helped Indian farmers maintain continuity of their supply chains by operating special cargo flights to take farm produce, fresh fruits and vegetables to various domestic and international destinations.
SpiceJet operated a special charter flight on 27 March from Delhi to Coimbatore at the government’s request and transported a Hazmat suit that is helping local authorities replicate and start local manufacturing.