InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., which operates IndiGo, India’s largest airline, had operated cargo flights during the pandemic which resulted in a massive boost in their cargo operations all over India.
India’s leading carrier, IndiGo, won the Indian Air cargo Covid Transport Leader of Covid Vaccine award at the recently held CarGo India Conference in Mumbai. IndiGo won the award for swiftly transporting COVID vaccines across India during the pandemic. IndiGo’s actions saved innumerable lives and livelihoods and helped the country emerge from the pandemic quickly.
IndiGo has won its customers’ trust with its fleet of specialized vehicles and equipment that ensure safe and secure movement of cargo, safeguard cargo in even the harshest weather, and help every delivery arrive on time.
The company is continuously expanding the size of its fleet and the number of destinations it serves. As a result, IndiGo provides customers with access to an extensive network, competitive air cargo rates, and reliable service.
At a time when the passenger flights were restricted or limited, CarGo revenue was a critical input for the business and helped maintain the cash flow. And for many airlines, cargo became a vital source of revenue when passenger flights were grounded.
In 2020, the air cargo industry generated USD129 billion, which represented approximately a third of airlines’ overall revenues, an increase of 10–15% compared to pre-crisis levels.
Talking about the airline’s cargo business, the CCO said, “Our cargo business has been one of the successes during the pandemic. Actually, we have operated close to 8,000 cargo-in-cabin charter flights.” Domestically, the carrier was currently operating in 71 cities in India and each of those points has a cargo capability.
They are planning to source four converted A321ceo planes, which can each carry 27 tonnes, for full-time cargo operations on both domestic and international routes. It said it expected to take delivery of its first freighter in the first half of 2022 and the remaining three within a year of that first delivery.
On the topic of four cargo aircraft that have been ordered, the first aircraft has just gone to Singapore Technologies Engineering Limited as it’s being converted (from passenger aircraft to freighter aircraft). It will be out sometime in the first half of next year.
Overall, IndiGo is very serious about cargo and that cargo is going to become a significant part of our business.