Amazon join hands with Quikjet to expand its cargo freighter operations in India

Amazon has inked down a contract with Quikjet Airlines, expanding its cargo freighter operations in India by signing a contract with Quikjet Airlines.

The Bengaluru-based freighter operator that runs daily freighter operations received the air operator certificate (AOC) valid through 2027 a few months ago.

The trial runs were completed over the last two months. A Boeing 737 freighter dedicated to Amazon’s cargo touched down at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) first on Thursday, and then again on Friday.

“Friday’s landing of Quikjet past 6 am was welcomed into Bengaluru by a team at KIA with welcome banners. The cargo plane later took off to Hyderabad,” the sources said.

The B737 freighter has a capacity of 23 tonnes and is configured to take 11 pallets of cargo. Quickjet will soon begin flying planes with Amazon’s Prime Air Branding in India, the source said.

QuikJet is part of the ASL Aviation Group, an aircraft services provider and leasing company based out of Ireland.

In several European countries, ASL operates under its branding and has joint ventures in several other countries.

Founded in 2007 as a neutral cargo airline, Quikjet was promoted by AFL, under the aegis of Aviation Consultancy Services, and a few other strategic investors like IDFC, and Tata Capital. CEO Pritham Philip leads the airlines and was part of the founding team of the erstwhile Air Deccan.

Amazon spokesperson has said that the company has always been working towards new, innovative ways to serve its customers. However, at this point, the company does not have any additional details to share.”

The e-commerce giant has its fleet of aircraft too. Amazon took its first aircraft to the skies in 2016 to transport customer packages across longer distances in shorter timeframes. In recent times, Amazon Air has added 10 Airbus A330-300s, leased from aircraft lessor, Altavair, to its aircraft fleet.

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