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SpiceJet operates first freighter to Baghdad with vital medical goods

May 11, 2020: SpiceJet, the country’s biggest air cargo operator, has added Baghdad to its international cargo network. The airline operated its maiden freighter flight carrying 20 tons of critical medical supplies from Delhi to the capital city of Iraq today.

SpiceJet has transported over 6650 tons of cargo since nation-wide lockdown began.
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SpiceJet has transported over 6650 tons of cargo since nation-wide lockdown began.

May 11, 2020: SpiceJet, the country’s biggest air cargo operator, has added Baghdad to its international cargo network. The airline operated its maiden freighter flight carrying 20 tons of critical medical supplies from Delhi to the capital city of Iraq today. The airline deployed its Boeing 737 freighter aircraft for the assignment which departed for Baghdad from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport early this morning.

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “Baghdad is the latest addition to our network in the Middle East. We transported 20 tons of COVID-19 related medical supplies to Iraq today and are thankful for each and every opportunity that we get to serve in these times of crisis.”

Till date, SpiceJet has transported close to 6650 tons of cargo on more than 916 flights since the nation-wide lockdown began. Of the 916 flights operated, 337 were international cargo flights.

SpiceJet has operated special cargo flights to and from Cambodia, Guangzhou, 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 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.

SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s dedicated cargo arm, has been regularly transporting surgical supplies, sanitizers, face masks, coronavirus rapid test kits, IR thermometers etc. and providing doorstep deliveries of essential supplies, medicines and medical equipment to various cities in India. The airline has helped Indian farmers maintain continuity of their supply chains by operating special cargo flights to take farm produce, fresh fruits and vegetables to various domestic and international destinations.

On March 29, SpiceJet operated a special flight between Delhi and Jodhpur to facilitate transportation of 136 Indian passengers evacuated from COVID-19 hit Iran to a Government quarantine facility in the city.

SpiceJet operated a special charter flight on March 27 from Delhi to Coimbatore on Government's request and transported a Hazmat suit that is helping local authorities replicate and start local manufacturing.


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