Jet Airways plans to launch dedicated freighter operations to become the first private Indian passenger airline to offer all-cargo services scheduled to commence in April, 2015 – this is subject to regulatory approvals.
The freighter services will be operated using an A330-200F aircraft wet-leased from strategic-partner Etihad Airways and will have an operating base in New Delhi – the freighter services will operate to a number of international and domestic destinations including Bangalore, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Singapore.
Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, said: “The launch of dedicated freighter operations enables Jet Airways to provide, for the first time, freighter services for customers in India and around the world. 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.”
The wet-lease agreement for the freighter aircraft between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways will enable the Indian carrier to embark upon new activities, such as cargo-only services, which will improve its revenues further.
Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Etihad Airways said: “Move will bring considerable benefits to both the airlines as well as businesses across India and our global networks.”
The launch of Jet Airways’ dedicated freighter services also demonstrates the importance of cargo to the Indian economy and will support the Indian Government’s “Make in India” campaign which requires strong logistics support.
Jet Airways will provide customers with main-deck capability, complementing its extensive passenger belly network as well as infusing much needed additional cargo capacity into constrained domestic sectors.
It will help foster the continued growth and scale of the domestic e-Commerce sector and facilitate international commerce by developing existing and new trade lanes such as between Vietnam and India.