SpiceXpress’ new 737-800 freighter to commence operations in South Asia

By Rachelle Harry

SpiceJet’s cargo division, SpiceXpress, has taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing converted freighter (BCF).

The standard-body freighter, which is the first 737-800BCF to be operated in south Asia, is on lease from NGF Alpha Limited, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.

The airline also operates two B737-700Fs.

The aircraft offers lower operating cost per payload ton than older standard-body freighters. It is currently operating in four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

The 737-800BCF carries up to 24 metric tons of payload, opening new markets to operators with its long-range capability and high reliability.

“It’s exciting to bring the 737-800 freighter to India, a market we see growing in the coming years,” said Jordan Jaffe, cheif executive, Spectre Air Capital. “We have already invested over a quarter billion dollars into our 737NG program, and we are thrilled to put our continuing commitment to work serving great operators like SpiceJet”

Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president commercial sales and marketing at Boeing, added: “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.”

Since the aircraft entered service last year, 120 orders have been placed. Boeing has ramped up production of the aircraft – with output set to more than double to 17 units in 2019 – in order to meet customer demand.

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