India’s SpiceJet debuts African operation by flying B737F to Khartoum
Indian airline SpiceJet has added Sudan and South Korea to its international cargo network.
May 26, 2020: Indian airline SpiceJet has added Sudan and South Korea to its international cargo network. The airline operated its maiden freighter flights to both these destinations carrying pharma and cargo supplies.
SpiceJet deployed its B737 freighter aircraft to carry 16 tonnes of cargo supplies to Khartoum in Sudan via Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE and another 16 tonnes of cargo from Delhi, India to Incheon in South Korea via Kolkata, India.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said, “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 lockdown began.
The carrier 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, Ukraine and a host of other places.
SpiceJet operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on April 7 carrying vital supplies in passenger cabin and belly space. Since then, the airline has been regularly deploying its B737 and Q400 passenger aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.
SpiceXpress, the airline’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 has 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.