Friday, June 21, 2019

India’s SpiceXpress to fly from Mumbai-Dubai from Aug 1; 20 freighters to join its fleet by 2021

SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo airline of the Indian carrier SpiceJet is planning to introduce freighters from Mumbai to Dubai, effective August 1, 2019. The company will be taking delivery of three more freighters within a couple of months, making the overall freighters to five. By 2021, it has plans to add 20 freighters to its fleet which will consist of 777, 767 and 747.

In an event held at Mumbai in association with the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), Sanjiv Gupta, CEO-Cargo, SpiceJet, stated, “SpiceXpress and MIAL’s alliance will benefit in creating efficient infrastructure for time and temperature controlled cargo. We are here to establish a hub for us for quick clearance of exim cargo and seamless ground handling.” In the next two months, the airline will launch a cargo app, roll out radio frequency identification (RFID) and will add 300 trucks through outsourcing to its existing 200.

MIAL cargo terminal has an annual capacity of 75,000 MT for export perishable cargo terminal, 1,50,000 MT capacity with 32 ULD storage positions in new agro terminal built in 2019, and 50,000 MT in export and import cold storage, among other facilities. The company has registered an exim growth of 1,95,666 MT in FY19 for both perishable and pharma.

Manjiv Singh, advisor to the chairman, SpiceJet, said, “From Mumbai, our focus is on pharma, valuables, perishables and courier loads. The idea is not for us to just take it to Dubai, but we might have interline agreements to carry it onwards to Africa, Europe, and the Americas.”
21/06/19 STAT Times
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