SPICEXPRESS, the cargo division of SpiceJet, has received its first 737-800 Boeing converted freighter (BCF) that will be used to operate routes in South Asia. The freighter is on lease from NGF Alpha Ltd, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.
The aircraft offers lower operating costs per payload tonne than older standard-body freighters. The 737-800BCF carries up to 24 tonnes of payload, opening new markets to operators with its long-range capability.
"It's exciting to bring the 737-800 freighter to India, a market we see growing in the coming years," Spectre Air Capital chief executive Jordan Jaffe was quoted as saying in a report by London's Air Cargo News. "We have already invested over a quarter billion dollars into our 737NG programme, and we are thrilled to put our continuing commitment to work serving great operators like SpiceJet."
Boeing senior vice president Ihssane Mounir 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."