Starting from September 18, SpiceJet will be launching its dedicated cargo services, under the brand name ‘SpiceXpress.’ The new cargo services will be available on the domestic as well as international routes.

The low-cost carrier will be inducting Boeing 737-700 as its first freighter aircraft.

SpiceJet will initially begin cargo operations from Delhi, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Kabul and Amritsar.

Through this new service, the carrier plans to ship banking products, pharma products – blood, organs, and medicines, automobiles, apparels, and perishables like farm fresh fruits and vegetables to the Middle East.

Additionally, SpiceJet and SpiceXpress will share a common pool of resources, like pilots, engineers, ground staff and airport infrastructure.

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said, “With our proven operational capability, this is an extension of our ‘belly cargo’ service to a ‘dedicated freighter’ with Boeing 737 aircraft. We are very excited about the tremendous potential the logistics industry offers. There is a huge untapped market for air cargo services in India and a player like SpiceJet – with its low-cost structure – is best suited to address this need.”

SpiceJet has an existing cargo capacity of 500 tonnes per day, with plans of expansion to 900 tonnes per day, by March 2019.

Pranit Sarda