Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Vaccine flights: SpiceJet freighter arm adds two more wide body planes

New Delhi: Betting big on carrying Covid vaccines and medical supplies from India to distant parts of the world, SpiceJet has added two more wide body aircraft — a Boeing 767 and an Airbus A330 which can carry up to 45 tonnes of cargo — to its cargo fleet. The low cost airline’s freighter arm SpiceXpress now has 19 cargo planes including five wide bodies.

SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said: “The need for wide body planes to deliver vaccines and other important cargo has never been more important than today. To cater to this increased demand on long-haul routes, we have inducted two more wide-body jets taking our total cargo fleet size to 19 including five wide-body aircraft.”

“With a mix of wide-body, narrow-body and turboprop cargo aircraft, SpiceJet has ensured seamless delivery of cargo supplies to both international and remote domestic destinations and we will work towards further strengthening our cargo operations in the times to come,” Singh added.

The airline says the two more wide-body freighters have been inducted “primarily for transporting cargo goods, medical and essential supplies on long-haul routes including to destinations in Europe and North America. With the latest induction, SpiceXpress aims to further strengthen its cargo fleet while providing a seamless and secure transportation of Covid-19 vaccine.”

20/01/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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