On March 17, Jet Airways announced that they will start operating dedicated freight planes instead of passenger-only planes. As long as the company gets regulatory approval, the first freight planes will begin operations in April 2015. Jet Airways will be the first Indian airline to offer all-freight services, putting them in a good position to grab the logistics market and expand services when the time comes.
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Jet Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Cramer Ball, stated, “The Launch of dedicated freighter operations is a landmark moment for Jet Airways as it enables the airline to provide, for the first time, freighter services for customers in India and around the world.”
Jet airways plans to base operations in New Delhi and offer freight services to several domestic destinations. Some of the starting destinations include Hong Kong, Bangalore, Hanoi, and Singapore. More destinations will be added to Jet Airways’ services, as needed. Currently they operate a fleet of 116 passenger aircrafts to 71 destinations.
The Indian airline will use A330-200F aircrafts that are leased from their partner Atihad Airways. However, they did not state how many planes they plan to lease or for how long. Operations will most likely start with 1 or 2 places. This information depends on the demand that they receive for their freight services.
Cramer Ball also stated, “In line with the ‘Guest First’ strategy that Jet Airways has implemented for its passenger services, Jet Airways Cargo has developed a wide range of service options to meet the growing needs of its customers, including express and valuable products.”
India has one of the fastest growing cargo markets in the world. This is in part because of their “Made in India” campaign. Adding air freight to businesses’ options is a smart move on behalf of Jet Airways.[/show_to]