SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s cargo division, has
taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter
SpiceXpress has nine scheduled departures
six days a week to Hong Kong from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati and
one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai,
Bengaluru and Chennai.
The dedicated cargo carrier has also operated numerous
charter services to international destinations such as Sharjah,
Ras Al Khaimah, Teheran, Sulaimaniyah (Iraq), Bosaso (Somalia) and Hargeisa (Somali Land) besides helping transport relief material
to Bhubaneshwar during Cyclone Fani.
The standard-body freighter,
which is the first 737-800BCF to be operated in South Asia, is on
lease from NGF Alpha Limited, a division of Spectre Cargo
“It’s exciting to bring the 737-800 Freighter to
India, a market we see growing in the coming years,” said Jordan
Jaffe, Spectre Air Capital CEO. “We have already invested over a
quarter billion dollars into our 737NG program, and are thrilled
to put our continuing commitment to work serving great operators
like SpiceJet. They join a growing family of customers utilizing
our diverse product range of freighters.”
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) validated the 737-800BCF’s
certification, clearing the way for the freighter to serve a
rapidly growing region and busy international trade hub. South
Asia is home to one of the world’s largest population centers with
1.7 billion people or nearly one-quarter of the world’s total.
“We are expanding the markets we
currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and
Bangladesh and the 737- 800BCF’s reliability and versatility is
helping enable our strategic direction,” said Ajay Singh, chairman
and managing director, SpiceJet.
The 737-800BCF entered service last year and
its order book has grown quickly to 120 orders and commitments.
The program has ramped up production – with output set to more
than double to 17 units in 2019 – to meet the customer demand.
Built on the Next-Generation 737 passenger
airplane, the 737-800BCF is currently
operating on four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and North
America). The 737-800BCF can carry up to 52,800 pounds (23.9
metric tons) of payload.
“SpiceJet has made bold moves to strengthen its position in one of
the most dynamic and fast-growing aviation markets,” said Ihssane
Mounir, senior vice president Commercial Sales and Marketing for
The Boeing Company. “We are excited that SpiceJet has chosen to
expand its SpiceXpress operation with the 737-800BCF. This
converted freighter gives operators just the right size, operating
economics and capabilities to succeed in busy domestic and
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