SpiceJet operated its maiden SpiceXpress freighter flight carrying around 14 tonnes of critical medical essentials including COVID-19 related supplies and protective equipment, from Guangzhou in China to New Delhi on April 29.
The B737cargo plane left Kolkata for Guangzhou at 10:30 am on Wednesday. After loading all of the items, the plane flew back and reached Kolkata at 8:20 pm. The plane finally left Kolkata Airport at 9 pm and landed at Delhi at 11:15 pm the same day itself, the airline said in a release.
SpiceJet Chairman & Managing Director Ajay Singh said, “Guangzhou is the latest addition to SpiceJet’s fast-expanding international cargo network. Some very important medical supplies were carried in our freighter yesterday.”
“SpiceJet has till date transported over 4750 tons of cargo on more than 651 flights since the nation-wide lockdown began. Of these, 233 were international cargo flights,” Singh added.
During the course of the lockdown, SpiceJet operated special cargo flights to and from Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Myanmar, Sharjah, Male, Kuala Lumpur, Ukraine and a host of other places.
SpiceJet has also turned its passenger aircrafts into cargo flights and operated them on regional routes during the lockdown period.