Sunday, August 14, 2022

Startup Indian Cargo Carrier Quikjet Takes First Boeing 737 Freighter

QuikJet Airlines, an ex-Indian cargo-only carrier, could be making a return to Indian skies soon. The airline has already taken its first aircraft, a 20-year-old Boeing 737-800 P2F, with another one arriving soon. A source close to the matter told Simple Flying that QuikJet 2.0 would fly Amazon Prime airplanes in India.

Let’s take a closer look at the operational history of QuikJet Airlines and what we know so far about its impending return.

QuikJet Airlines is a part of ASL Aviation Group, an aircraft services provider and leasing company based out of Dublin, Ireland. The carrier started scheduled services after receiving the relevant Air Operator’s Permit from Indian authorities in February 2016. However, QuikJet was already operating charter cargo services since 2012.

Fast-forward to 2022, and Indian aviation could see QuikJet return to the skies once again, operating charter and scheduled air cargo services. According to our source, the carrier could be operational in just a couple more months, initially starting with two aircraft.

Simple Flying has managed to confirm that QuikJet will induct two Boeing 737-800 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) planes.

Both airframes are yet to be given an Indian registration, but they can be identified with MSN numbers 28382 and 30643. Of these, MSN 30643 is already in the South Asian country and getting a fresh coat of paint in QuikJet’s colors in an MRO facility at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) in Hyderabad.

MSN 30643 has been at HYD since July 29th, 2022. The plane reached there from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA) in China, where it was undergoing conversion from passenger to freighter configuration. MSN 28382 is still at TNA, presumably in the midst of the conversion process.

14/08/22 Devansh Mehta/Simple Flying

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