SpiceJet’s cargo division SpiceXpress has taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
SpiceXpress is the first South Asian carrier to take the converted freighter, which is on lease from NGF Alpha, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.
The aircraft, registered N901JK, was delivered 19 years ago, Cirium’s fleets data indicate. It operated with Hainan Airlines and Lucky Air, before being moved to storage this year.
SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh says he cargo division is expanding, and that it is looking to serve points in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.
“The 737-800BCF’s reliability and versatility is helping enable our strategic direction,” he adds.
Cirium’s fleets data indicates that SpiceXpress already operates three 737-700 freighters.
Boeing launched the 737-800BCF programme in 2016, with the first converted freighter entering service last year. The airframer now has 120 orders and commitments for the 737-800BCFs.
UPDATE: Story updated with picture, and information about aircraft registration.