SpiceJet expands cargo fleet with wide-body aircraft, will fly COVID-19 vaccines to Europe, North America
The company has been transporting Covishield and Covaxin vaccines in India
January 20, 2021 / 02:21 PM IST
Low-cost airline SpiceJet has added two wide-body planes to its cargo fleet, helping it transport shipment, including vaccines, to long-haul destinations in Europe and North America.
The two planes are a Boeing 767 and a Airbus A330, taking its fleet to a total of 19 cargo aircraft. This includes five wide-body jets. Other than the wide-body aircraft, SpiceJet’s cargo fleet includes five Boeing 737 freighters and nine Q-400s.
"With the latest induction, SpiceXpress, the airline’s cargo arm, aims to further strengthen its cargo fleet while providing a seamless and secure transportation of COVID-19 vaccine," the airline said in a statement on January 20.
SpiceJet had recently tied-up with Brussels Airport, its 'flight point' in Europe that will be used to transport COVID-19 vaccine between India and Europe.
“The need for wide-body planes to deliver vaccines and other important cargo has never been more important than today, " said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.
The airline has been flying both, Covishield and Covaxin vaccines, across India.
SpiceXpress, which has a network of 54 domestic and 45 international destinations, had tied up with companies offering cold chain solutions, including last-mile connectivity, to carry vaccines.
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