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SpiceJet's Delhi-Kabul freighter service to start from October

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Thursday announced the launch of its Delhi-freighter service from October 15 and signing of a pact with the Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) for transporting fresh fruit, dry fruits, carpets and other commodities from to

Under the pact, aimed at promoting trade for the war-ravaged country through the Indo-Afghan air corridor, plans to transport 1,500 tons of cargo every month, the said in a release.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by and chief executive officer along with for and financial Affairs to the of Ajmal Ahmady, the said.

"In collaboration with and with the support of Afghan government, SpiceJet will transport fresh fruits and dry fruits, carpets and other commodities from to at government-subsidised competitive prices," the release said.

SpiceJet would be transporting these commodities from Kabul using its freighter aircraft to Indian metro cities and through its pan-would be distributing it to 47 cities in India, the said.

The two nations have opened up two direct air cargo routes - New and Mumbai-Kabul. Since their launch, more than 100 flights have been conducted between the two countries and transported 2,500 tonnes of goods.

The collaborations comes days after the Gurugram-based announced launch of dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress from September 18.

To begin with the air cargo operations will cover Delhi, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Kabul and

has already inducted one freighter -- a 737-700 -- in the fleet to commence It plans to expand cargo fleet to four freighters during the current fiscal year.

SpiceJet currently offers cargo capacity which is about 500 tonne per day on its passenger aircraft fleet of 36 and 22 Q400s operating across 47 domestic and 7 international destinations.

With the launch of the dedicated freighter service this capacity would go up to 900 tonnes a day in a phased manner with the addition of four freighters by March 2019, the airline said.

Following the induction of freighters, is all set to strengthen its footprint with seamless air cargo connectivity across India, and Europe, it said.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 18:40 IST