Quikjet Cargo: A One-of-a-kind Aircraft Ferry Service Provider in India
When we talk about airlines, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the likes of Air India or Spicejet – commercial passenger aircrafts primarily transporting human beings from one place to another. However, one of the most important functions of air travel is to transport goods, products, personal property, and mail from one place to another – and the airlines dedicated to this purpose are called cargo airlines. Quikjet Cargo is one such, and the only airline in India of its own kind. The company was formed in 2007 with AFL and Farnair being the largest shareholders.
Quikjet offers a variety of services including but not limited to airline ferry service, removal and transport of cargo both nationally and internationally, chartered aircrafts from cargo transfer, as well as dry and wet leases offered to customers. When it comes to cargo transfer, the airline transfers air cargo routinely from locations such as Kolkata to Imphal, and also international services from Kolkata to Dhaka. The fleet owned by Quikjet offers payloads as high as 7.5 to 8 tonnes per aircraft. When it comes to leases, the company offers ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) as lease. Cargo airlines have their own set of terminology, and common jargons like PNR status are not involved.
What is Airline PNR Status?
When a human being travels with an airline as one of millions of people, their information and journey details require to be kept consolidated and easily accessible. This is done by most airlines in the form of a database relation tagged with a certain character code known as the passenger name record or PNR. If you quote the PNR, the company can know everything about you.
How Cargo is handled?
Typically a cargo will be issued its own code before boarding that is similar to a tracking ID; that is issued to courier services. This ID is similar to a PNR status, only in this case it gives you a much broader set of information including a classification of the contents of the cargo and its immigration and customs status. Other things included are the source and destination details, the weight of the cargo, whether it is fragile, whether it is sensitive or potentially dangerous, and so on and so forth. Mail between two locations including couriers, as mentioned above are also handled the same way.