Logistics player Blue Dart opens aviation hub in Chennai


Blue Dart, a leading logistics services provider and a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has launched an aviation hub in Chennai.

The new facility will also house the headquarters of Blue Dart Aviation, India’s only commercial cargo airline, which has a dedicated fleet of six B757-200 freighters and a capacity of 500 tonnes every night, operating across 73 flight sectors daily.

The hub boasts of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security-approved security screening with its own X-Ray machines, equipment and dedicated manpower, said a company press release. The hub is located at the Blue Dart Aviation Terminal at Chennai’s old international airport with both air and land side access. It is equipped to carry out inhouse engineering line maintenance for its fleet of aircraft, and has regulatory approval for security screening. It also has dedicated manpower and parking space for its own freighters.

Charles Brewer, CEO, DHL eCommerce, said in the release: “We see immense potential in India across many fast-growing industries such as e-commerce, banking and financial services, automotive, pharmaceuticals and more. These industries demand high-quality, fast, seamless logistics to support their growth. We are continually investing in our people, service and infrastructure to ensure we support the growth of our customers.”

Tulsi Mirchandaney, Managing Director, Blue Dart Aviation, said the airport expansion programme has facilitated the need to have modernised, efficient and productive infrastructure to support demand and growth.

Blue Dart supports the critical supply chains of numerous industry segments, it said in the press release.

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