SpiceJet to start dedicated air cargo services from September 18
The carrier, which is working on ambitious business plans, Monday said it would operate the cargo services under the brand name 'SpiceXpress' and has a detailed plan for domestic as well as international routes.
A Boeing 737-700 plane has been inducted as the first freighter aircraft.
The aircraft, taken on operating lease, has the capacity for 20 tonnes of cargo, the official added.
SpiceJet plans to have an "air cargo fleet with the first four freighters scheduled to be inducted in FY 2019," the release said.
The fleet of freighters would consist of Boeing 737 planes and would be "operated on an incremental direct operating cost model".
SpiceJet would utilize a common pool of resources like pilots, engineers, ground staff and airport infrastructure for the cargo services.
Among other items, the airline said it would ship perishables like farm fresh fruits and vegetables to the Middle East.
"With our proven operational capability, this is an extension of our 'belly cargo' service to a 'dedicated freighter' with Boeing 737 aircraft," he said.
At present, SpiceJet's existing fleet has a cargo capacity of about 500 tonnes per day.
"With the launch of the dedicated freighter service this capacity would go up to 900 tonnes a day in a phased manner with the addition of four freighters by March 2019," the airline said.
With a fleet of 58 rpt 58 planes, SpiceJet operates an average of 412 flights daily to 54 destinations.