Spicejet recently operated its first ever cargo freighter carrying around 16 tons of pharmaceutical essentials including medicines and other medical supplies from Hyderabad to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The airline deployed its Boeing 737 freighter aircraft for the assignment which took-off from Hyderabad at 1030 IST and reached Ho Chi Minh City at 1620 (local time).
“Today, Spicejet operated its first-ever cargo flight from Hyderabad to Ho Chi Minh City carrying medical supplies while another cargo freighter of ours brought in critical medical equipment to Bengaluru from Singapore. We are actively utilising our passenger planes carrying cargo-on-seat with one flying medical supplies from Kolkata to Guwahati today. Spicejet has operated more than 220 cargo flights since the lockdown began transporting more than 1850 tons of vital supplies,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, Spicejet.
SpiceJet also recently operated its first cargo freighter on the Chennai-Singapore-Chennai route to bring critical medical equipment and devices to India.
The airline operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on April 7. Since then, the airline has been regularly using its Boeing 737 aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.
SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s dedicated cargo arm, has been regularly transporting surgical supplies, sanitisers, face masks, etc. and facilitating deliveries of essential supplies, medicines and medical equipment to various cities in India.
The airline has also operated special cargo flights to Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and other countries taking fresh fruits and vegetables and helping Indian farmers maintain continuity of their supply chains in addition to operating dedicated services from Chennai and Vishakhapatnam to Surat and Kolkata.
On March 26, Spicejet helped transport an emergency consignment of IR Thermometers, required to detect Covid-19, to Kolkata from Hong Kong. On March 27, the airline operated a special charter flight from Delhi to Coimbatore on Government’s request carrying Hazmat suits that would help local authorities replicate and start local manufacturing.
On March 29, Spicejet operated a special flight between Delhi and Jodhpur to facilitate transportation of 136 Indian passengers evacuated from Covid-19 hit Iran to a Government quarantine facility in the city. Since April 2, SpiceJet has helped transport more than 4,000 Coronavirus Rapid Test Kits to Kerala from Mumbai.