Jet set to begin A330F operations in April

Jet Airways will launch a dedicated freighter service on both national and international routes, including Bangalore, Hong Kong and Singapore from April.


Jet set to begin A330F operations in April


Jet Airways will launch a dedicated freighter service on both national and international routes, including Bangalore, Hong Kong and Singapore from April. The airline will commence these services with an A330-200 freighter, which has been wet-leased from Jet Airways equity partner Etihad Airways, the airline said recently.

The move follows provisional clearance by the Indian government for Jet to wetlease the freighter from Etihad. In its original licence application, Jet applied to lease one aircraft with an additional two to act as back-up aircraft for a period of two years. New Delhi, however, has only agreed to a six-month term initially.

“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,” the airline’s chief executive Cramer Ball said.

Bell added that India, which is now the second fastest growing air cargo market in the world, is expected to continue in line with the domestic economy and the company looked forward to cargo making a strong contribution to annual revenues.

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, the carrier said. “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,” the carrier added.