Operation Covid Vaccine: SpiceJet teams up with logistics players, targets difficult goal

Recently, SpiceXpress introduced a specialised service called Spice Pharma Pro, which has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs

Operation Covid Vaccine: SpiceJet teams up with logistics players, targets difficult goal
SpiceXpress has stanchly supported India's Covid war. Image courtesy: Facebook/SpiceJet

Gearing up to take up the herculean task of transporting temperature-sensitive Covid–19 vaccines, SpiceJet has partnered with Om Logistics Limited. Through this partnership, the airlines claim that it is ready to provide seamless end-to-end cold chain solutions for Covid-19 vaccine-delivery.

Officials at SpiceJet said the partnership with Om Logistics Limited, which is one of the largest logistics companies in India, would help them provide a speedy, seamless and reliable solution for Covid-19 vaccine movement and delivery. The partnership will also create a sustainable cold chain network, both domestically and internationally.

According to the agreement, Om Logistics will provide SpiceJet with the refrigerated trucks to cover the first mile and last mile across the length and breadth of the country. SpiceJet will provide the necessary air support to carry Covid–19 vaccines across India and internationally in a temperature-controlled environment.

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SpiceJet has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Snowman Logistics for the movement of Covid-19 vaccine. Under the MoU, Snowman and SpiceJet will jointly offer seamless air logistics to Snowman clients and customers by combining their areas of expertise and strength. The MoU with Snowman Logistics, among other players in the logistics chain, is the latest initiative taken by SpiceJet as part of its continued efforts to take up the responsibility of seamlessly transporting the Covid vaccine.

With all the airlines and airports preparing for one of the biggest cargo transport and delivery missions in form of Covid-19 vaccine-delivery, the entire aviation sector along with its partners is going to play a vital role in India.  

The budget airlines operator said on December 10 that with a network spanning 54 domestic and 45 international destinations and a fleet of 17 cargo planes, its cargo arm SpiceXpress is capable of flying over 500 tonnes of cargo per day to both domestic and a wide list of international destinations.

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The airline has also tied up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging with dedicated equipment to perform seamless cold chain operations and is ready for the enormous task of distributing sensitive goods both domestically and internationally, including Covid-19 vaccines that require stringent transportation conditions.

“Om Logistics Ltd’s international presence with its 1,200 offices worldwide and ability to cater to more than 19,000 pin codes in India will further boost SpiceJet’s strength,” the airlines said in a statement.

Recently, SpiceXpress introduced a specialised service called Spice Pharma Pro, which has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs, vaccines, blood samples and medicines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°C to +25°C.

Besides, the airline also offers a plethora of other benefits such as a network of warehouses equipped with deep freezers to enable change of cool packs and ground vehicles and containers to help transport sensitive cargo.

SpiceJet had provided crucial support to the Lifeline Udan mission as well. The mission was launched on March 26, a day after the government imposed a strict nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and as a result, scheduled commercial air travel was banned.

The Lifeline Udan mission aimed at transporting medical supplies and other essential cargo to the remotest parts of India, with special emphasis on the island and hill states and the North East Region.

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This was done to ensure a regular supply of essential items across the country and prevent a situation of panic among the public as a result of the lockdown. Exchange of cargo took place with international destinations also. 

The cargo transported by the domestic Lifeline Udan flights included Covid-19-related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits, gloves, masks, other materials of HLL and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and cargo requisitioned by state governments and Union Territories, postal packets and so on.

SpiceJet, like other domestic cargo operators such as Blue Dart, Indigo and Vistara, operated cargo flights on a commercial basis as support for the Lifeline Udan mission, which was led by the national carrier Air India, its regional arm Alliance Air and the Indian Air Force (IAF).  

From March 24 to June 1, SpiceJet operated 1,911 cargo flights covering a distance of 30,16,830 km and carrying 13,778 tonnes of cargo. Out of these flights, 730 were international cargo flights. The carrier lifted 233 tonnes of medical supplies from Shanghai and Guangzhou in China and 21 tonnes of medical supplies from Hong Kong and Singapore up to June 1.