SpiceXpress expands cargo capacity with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter
September 24, 2019: SpiceJet
September 24, 2019: SpiceJet's cargo division, SpiceXpress has taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF), which it will operate in South Asia.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has validated the 737-800BCF’s certification, clearing the way for the freighter to serve a rapidly growing region.
“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 standard-body freighter is on lease from NGF Alpha Limited, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.
“It’s exciting to bring the 737-800 Freighter to India, a market we see growing in the coming years. 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 utilising our diverse product range of freighters,” said Jordan Jaffe, CEO, Spectre Air Capital.
“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 regional routes,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president commercial sales and marketing, The Boeing Company. The order book for the 737-800BCF, which entered service last year, has grown to 120 orders and commitments.
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.