Low-cost airline and the country’s largest airline by number of aircraft – IndiGo – has launched its first A321 freighter between Delhi and Mumbai.
Cargo aircraft operations began on November 15.
The airline said the aircraft, converted from a passenger jet to an all-cargo configuration, will be used for regular cargo on the inaugural Delhi-Mumbai flight, while carrying general and e-commerce cargo – CarGo – on the return leg.
The inaugural flights will carry a payload of more than 20 tonnes on each arm, he added.
IndiGo welcomed its first 321F aircraft last month.
This aircraft and others due to arrive later this year will also be deployed on international routes, the low-cost carrier said.
Mahesh Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, CarGo, IndiGo said, “We are excited to begin a new chapter in IndiGo’s journey with the inaugural CarGo flights. Delhi and Mumbai are the two largest commercial hubs in the country and the response we have received from customers is for our service offering very encouraging. We expect our business to grow in the coming months as we expand our cargo fleet and add new destinations to our CarGo network.”
The airline said the A321P2F (passenger-to-freighter conversion) is the most efficient narrow-body freighter available, offering 24 container bays and supporting a payload of up to 27 tonnes.
The planes are being rebuilt through a program involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW), the company said.
IndiGo said it leased the aircraft from funds managed by Castlelake Aviation Holdings (Ireland), part of a 17-year-old global alternative investment firm that invests in financing and managing aviation assets.