The city of destiny be came one of the few cities in the country to get a dedicated freighter aircraft.
Freighter aircraft are planes that are dedicated to the cargo needs i.e. carrying of goods and products.
Spice Jet launched its freighter aircraft SpiceXpress from Vizag among the presence of special dignitaries consisting of Vizag Lok Sabha MP Mr MVV Satyanarayana, former BJP Lok Sabha MP Mr K Hari Babu, Airport director, Mr Raj Kishore and other special invitees consisting of members from AP Chambers and AP Air Travellers Association.
With a full on board capacity of 18 tonnes the flight will have two schedules in a week wherein for three days the flight will originate from Chennai come to Vizag and then head to Surat while on the other three days it will follow the route Chennai-Vizag-Kolkata.
‘We are pleased to start operations of freighter aircraft Boeing 737-800 from Vizag’ said SpiceJet’s Regional Manager-Cargo (South Region) Mr K Sivakumar speaking to Vizag Industrial Scan.
- Chennai-Vizag-Surat (Three days a week)
- Chennai-Vizag-Kolkata (Three days a week)
The Vizag flight will be catering primarily to the Marine sector mostly comprising of live Shrimp seeds.
Air India will be the ground handling agent for the freighter aircraft and will have a loading and unloading time of an hour.
- Boeing 737-800 carrying capacity 18 tonnes as compared to 4 tonnes in a Belly of an aircraft(commercial flight)
- Air India is their GHA (Ground Handling Agent)
- Mainly for perishables comprising mostly of live Shrimp seeds
- Launched under the Marine Krishi Udaan scheme
- Krishi Udaan scheme helps farmers transport agricultural products hoping to improve farmers value realisation
Launched for a trial period of 4 months the airline expects to do volumes of about 10 tonnes/day from Vizag. Talking on the market potential from Vizag Mr Sivakumar stated that the city has a domestic cargo potential of about 30 tonnes a day of which he feels 15 tonnes would alone be from the Marine sector.
Talking on SpiceJet’s overall cargo operations Mr Sivakumar stated that the airline currently operates 5 freighter aircrafts in India and also operates to 3 international destinations i.e. Hong Kong, Dhaka and Hannoi.
He further informed that the airline operates a fleet of Boeing and Q 400 aircrafts for its freighter services.