SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo arm of SpiceJet, has launched scheduled cargo flights connecting Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai with Singapore.
SpiceJet Freighter to Carry 13 Tonnes Cargo
The airline will deploy its Boeing 737-700F/800F aircraft on these routes. SpiceJet’s scheduled flights will operate twice-a-week to Singapore’s Changi Airport. The first scheduled flight carrying 13 tonnes of cargo was operated on February 20. In addition to Singapore, SpiceXpress operates scheduled cargo flights to Hong Kong and Bangladesh.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “We are delighted to commence our scheduled freighter operations to Singapore. This development would strengthen air trades between the two countries by providing faster and seamless logistics solutions.”
Mr. Singh said that in addition, this strategic move would help SpiceXpress build its network in South East Asia. Singapore is also well-positioned as a springboard for SpiceXpress into other markets such as Europe and Australia.
Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development said, “CAG has been engaging SpiceJet for several years to mount scheduled services to Singapore, hence we are pleased to welcome SpiceJet to Changi’s family of airlines. In these challenging times when air cargo capacity is constrained, the introduction of SpiceJet’s freighter service is much welcomed.” The additional capacity helps support the transportation of essential goods such as medical and food supplies between the two countries.
With a network spanning 63 domestic and 50 international destinations and a fleet of 19 cargo planes, SpiceXpress is capable of flying over 600 tonnes of cargo daily to domestic and international destinations.
- Scheduled cargo flights to connect Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai with Singapore
- To operate twice-a-week to Singapore
- First scheduled flight carrying 13 tonnes of cargo operated on February 20
Ever since the lockdown began, SpiceJet and its cargo arm, SpiceXpress, has played a critical role and worked relentlessly to ensure that the country’s supply chain remained intact.
The airline has helped in the transportation of vital goods and medical supplies to all corners of India and the world. SpiceJet has operated 14,512 cargo flights since the lockdown began and carried around 1,21,205 tonnes of cargo.
To ensure seamless delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine both within and outside the country, SpiceJet has tied up with multiple partners including Brussels Airport, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), Adani Ahmedabad International Airport among others.
The airline has also tied-up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging and has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs and vaccines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°c to +25°c.
|SG 7655||Mumbai||Chennai||11:45 PM||1:45 AM||Friday|
|SG 7655||Chennai||Singapore||2:30 AM||9:15 AM||Saturday|
|SG 7656||Singapore||Bengaluru||10:15 AM||12:05 PM||Saturday|
|SG 7656||Bengaluru||Mumbai||12:45 PM||2:30 PM||Saturday|
|SG 7651||Bengaluru||Chennai||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Saturday|
|SG 7651||Chennai||Singapore||10:45 PM||5:30 AM||Saturday|
|SG 7652||Singapore||Bengaluru||6:30 AM||8:20 AM||Sunday|
Officials said that the first flight from Chennai landed at Changi Airport on February 20 at 1115 hrs. The flight was Operated using a B737F aircraft, the new services will provide additional airfreight capacity between Singapore and India.
Currently there are four other cargo airlines operating freighter flights between Singapore and India. In 2020, airlines such as Emirates, IndiGo, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines have also operated cargo-only passenger flights between India and Singapore.
The addition of air cargo capacity will help support air trade and the conveyance of humanitarian goods, including medical supplies and perishables, between the two countries.
Indian Transport and Logistics News reported that in January 2021, Changi Airport handled 1,46,000 million tonnes of airfreight throughput in total. The number of weekly cargo flights at Changi Airport has tripled to more than 950 compared to 2019, and the airport is now connected to about 70 cities by weekly cargo flights.