Operation Covid Vaccine: SpiceXpress to take Corona killer to India's farthest corners
The biggest task ahead of the Indian aviation sector is to maintain the appropriate temperature during transportation
After playing a crucial role in transporting essential items and medical supplies during the lockdown, SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo wing of SpiceJet said on December 2 that it is fully equipped and ready for seamlessly transporting the vaccine through a specialised service called Spice Pharma Pro.
All the major airlines and airports are gearing up for the mammoth mission of transporting the Covid-19 vaccines in India. The biggest task ahead of the aviation sector is to maintain the appropriate temperature during transportation. India will rope in a reliable, fast and secure logistics partner, who understands the importance of cold chain.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “Since the lockdown began, SpiceJet and its cargo arm, SpiceXpress, have worked relentlessly to ensure the transport of vital goods and medical supplies to all corners of India and the world. We have constantly innovated – be it converting passenger planes into freighters or carrying cargo on seats. We have been preparing for the humongous task of transporting medicines, vaccines, blood samples and temperature-sensitive cargo by developing end-to-end cold chain logistics solutions.”
Singh said that the airlines have now tied up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging with dedicated equipment to perform seamless cold chain operations. “I am happy to share that today SpiceXpress has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs and vaccines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°C to +25°C. SpiceXpress is ready for the enormous task of distributing sensitive goods both domestically and internationally, including Covid-19 vaccines that require stringent transportation conditions,” Singh added.
SpiceJet has transported 85,000 tonnes of cargo since the lockdown in March and the airline’s international cargo network now spans over 50 destinations, including the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia, Uzbekistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China, Myanmar, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada among others.
With a dedicated fleet of 17 cargo aircraft, SpiceXpress is capable of flying cargo to both domestic and a wide list of international destinations. 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.