Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet has inaugurated its first Boeing 737 freighter.
The aircraft is a converted 737-700 given the name Bolt and will be operated under the SpiceXpress brand, the company’s integrated logistics arm.
According to tweets from Tushar Srivastava, head of communications at SpiceJet, the first freighter will be flown to Amritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Guwahati, Hong Kong and Kabul during the first phase of operations. The airline expects to receive three more 737 freighters by the end of the year and six more in 2019.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, said that the new freighter represents a tremendous opportunity for the airline to transport time-sensitive, temperature-sensitive, high-value and e-commerce shipments around India and its neighbouring countries.
SpiceJet is the first passenger airline in India to operate its own dedicated freighters.