SpiceJet, India’s favourite airline and the largest air cargo operator, operated its first-ever long-haul cargo flight from Delhi to Frankfurt using its wide-body Airbus A340 aircraft today. SpiceJet’s A340 carried 45 tonnes of cargo supplies from New Delhi to Germany. The flight departed from New Delhi at 00.52 AM (local time) today and reached Frankfurt at 06.44 AM (local time).
Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “Today, SpiceJet operated its maiden non-stop cargo flight to Europe – a first by an Indian airline. Our first wide-body flight to Frankfurt, the busiest airport in Germany, carried a massive 45 tonnes of cargo. SpiceJet is now regularly operating non-stop cargo flights to Europe, Africa and CIS countries providing the fastest connectivity to Indian businesses, farmers, pharma companies to the rest of the world.”
Amidst the greatest crisis ever to hit global aviation, SpiceJet has emerged as India’s No. 1 cargo company. The airline has operated over 6061 cargo flights and transported over 33,297 tonnes of cargo – this is more than double of all domestic airlines combined together – carrying medicines and medical equipment and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world since March 25, 2020.
SpiceJet operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on April 7 carrying vital supplies in passenger cabin & belly space. Since then, the airline has been regularly deploying its B737 and Q400 passenger aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.
SpiceJet’s international cargo network now spans over 43 international destinations that include Amsterdam, Rome, Almaty, Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Bishkek, Cambodia, Cairo, Cebu, Chad, Colombo, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Huangzhou, Incheon, Jakarta, Kabul, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kyrgyzstan, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Male, Myanmar, Shanghai, Singapore, Sharjah, Sulaymaniyah, Tashkent, Ukraine, among others. The airline has also been actively using Ras Al-Khaimah airport as a hub for its cargo operations.