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Milestones

1983

Three young entrepreneurs, Clyde Cooper, Tushar Jani and Khushroo Dubash, set up Blue Dart with a capital base of ₹ 30,000/-. In a space of 200sq. ft. under a staircase, Blue Dart was born as an idea of delivering small packages and samples to support India's burgeoning exports. They forged ties with Gelco Express International U.K., and introduced India's first international air package express service.

1984

Blue Dart Courier Services becomes the first carrier in India to provide domestic and international on-board couriers, a hub-and-spoke system and offers 10.30 a.m. delivery service.

1988

Real-time, on-line tracking of all international shipments were introduced by Blue Dart Courier Services, offering customers control of their shipments like never before.

1991

Blue Dart Express gets registered as a private limited company and introduced its economical logistics service option, Dart Surfaceline. Cosmat-ITM, an indigenous domestic tracking system was also developed that year.

1992

Blue Dart Express Pvt. Ltd. launches its in-house domestic e-mail network and strengthens its focus as an employer of choice by introducing the Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS).

1994

Blue Dart Express Ltd. goes public with an equity offer of 2.55 million shares, at a premium of 14 times, worth ₹ 382.5 million. Blue Dart Express Ltd., launched Dart Apex (Domestic Air Package Express), a multi-modal, premium package delivery service and Cosmat-IITM, an advanced system which includes track and trace.

Blue Dart Aviation registers as a public limited company and became the first private company to receive government permissions for operation of cargo aircrafts in India.

1995

Blue Dart Aviation acquires 2 Boeing 737-200 freighters and receives ATO permission. SMARTTM (Space Management Allocation Reservations and Tracking) system - the first cargo management system in the country, is developed for Blue Dart's aircraft.

Blue Dart, Kolkata was launched and had its offices inaugurated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mother Teresa of the Missionaries of Charity.

1996

Blue Dart Aviation launches India's first jet express airline.

Blue Dart Express Ltd.'s turnover crosses the ₹ 1 billion mark, as it expands its domestic network by entering into strategic alliances in North, South and West India.

Blue Dart Express Ltd. becomes the first express company in India to receive an ISO 9001 certification and launches its website on the internet.

1997

Blue Dart Express Ltd. signs agreements with leading international airlines for distribution of bonded cargo within its network. Blue Dart Aviation also launches its domestic charter operations.

1998

Blue Dart Aviation develops India's first Load and Trim software for its B737-200 flights.

Blue Dart Express Ltd. launches SMARTBOX, its economical, packaged door-to-door product, and extends its delivery to over 1,000 locations.

1999

Blue Dart Express Ltd. moves to its state-of-the-art Administrative, Technology and Operations Superhub, the Blue Dart Centre, at Mumbai. Strategically located at close proximity to both the international and domestic airports and equipped with the latest technology, the Superhub helped improve efficiency and increased load-handling capacity manifold.

Blue Dart Express Ltd. launches Power Dart 2000+, a software that provides customers free connectivity to its database, enabling customers to track and retrieve all information related to their shipments.

2000

Blue Dart Express Ltd. revamped its website to support e-trade and commerce and facilitate better customer interface on the net.

2001

Blue Dart launches its 3rd aircraft operations on the Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore sector.

Blue Dart also partnered with the Civil Aviation Ministry to assist with relief operations into an earthquake-battered Bhuj in Gujarat.

Technology tools and customer software - MobileDartTM, On-Line Pick Up and ShipDartTM - were developed in-house and launched. Blue Dart declares 1:1 bonus shares.

Blue Dart, Kolkata moves into a heritage building, Kanak, and its new premises was inaugurated by Sr. Nirmala of the Missionaries of Charity.

2002

Blue Dart is one of the few Indian companies to be re-certified to the new global ISO 9001 - 2000 standards for "Design, management and operations of countrywide express transportation and distribution service within the Indian subcontinent and to international destinations serviced through multinational express companies".

Blue Dart ends its contract with Federal Express and signs a path-breaking Sales Alliance with the World's No. 1 international air express company, DHL Worldwide Express. Blue Dart crosses 100,000 shipments per day.

2003

Blue Dart acquires its 4th Boeing 737 freighter. With a focus on strengthening infrastructure, Blue Dart establishes 12 of its own offices in the South, added an additional 198 locations to its delivery network, expands its hub at Bhiwandi and sets up a bonded warehouse in Mumbai.

Blue Dart is chosen as a 'Superbrand' from over 700 brands across 98 categories by a jury of eminent marketing and advertising professionals. The company celebrated 20 years of service to the nation on 19th November 2003.

2004

Blue Dart inducts its 4th aircraft into operation on 17th May 2004, connecting Hyderabad as its 6th Aviation Hub, followed by the acquisition of its 5th Boeing 737 freighter the same year.

2005

DHL Express (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. acquires 81.03% of the equity capital of Blue Dart Express Limited. Blue Dart continues to operate as an independent brand, providing a complete spectrum of domestic and international express services through synergies with DHL.

2006

Blue Dart launches its unique SMS based Mobile Tracking Service.

A decade after its launch of India's first domestic express airline, Blue Dart introduces the 1st Boeing 757 freighters in the Indian skies on 1st June 2006 with 2 of these aircraft connecting the 5 major metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. A second flight was launched from Hyderabad while Ahmedabad became the 7th airport to join Blue Dart's network.

2007

Blue Dart launches its fortified Ground Express Service - Dart Surfaceline with time bound deliveries and features like DOD (Demand Draft on Delivery), FOD (Freight on Delivery) and FOV (Freight on Value) - Insurance Arrangement.

Blue Dart invests in a 3rd Boeing B757 freighter.

2008

Blue Dart celebrated its Silver Jubilee - 25 years of operations in India.

The first integrated Blue Dart-DHL facility was set up in Bangalore.

Blue Dart inducts 4th Boeing B757 freighter.

2009

Blue Dart earns the title of a 'SuperBrand' for the 5th time in a row.

2010

Blue Dart reaches a new benchmark in quality service with an ISO 9001-2015 standards certification.

Readers' Digest voted Blue Dart as the 'Most Trusted Brand' for the 5th time in a row.

2011

Blue Dart launches Smart Truck, making logistics more time and cost-effective. It also launches its Carbon Neutral Service under the 'GoGreen' initiative.

Blue Dart is awarded the Great Place To Work (GPTW) title for the 2nd time.

2012

Blue Dart strengthens its community outreach initiatives by introducing and celebrating World CSR Day.

The company inducted its 5th B757-200 freighter into its fleet.

Blue Dart is awarded the GPTW title for the 3rd time

In order to comply with statutory requirements, DHL reduced its stake in Blue Dart to 75%.

2013

Blue Dart commemorates 30 years of being India's foremost courier service.

Blue Dart continues to leverage technology for growth by introducing TDX, RFID Pilots, launching Critical Express and implementing CAF for delivery and process excellence.

Awarded GPTW for the 4th time.

External factors and market conditions causes Blue Dart to reformulate its Fuel Surcharge mechanism.

Blue Dart Express declares dividend (bonus debentures). The company begins closer interactions with e-tailers to understand their requirements.

2014

Blue Dart announces plans to launch a separate structure for e-tailing.

After the success of the Smart Truck in other countries, Blue Dart and DHL look at rolling out Smart Trucks in India.

Blue Dart implements measures for margin improvement.

Blue Dart continues its winning streak by clinching the 'Great Place To Work' award for the 5th consecutive year.

Became a part of DPDHL's Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) Division.

2015

Acquired additional 21% stake in Blue Dart Aviation.

Launched India's 1st Parcel Locker in Gurgaon.

Launched Mobile Service Centres and Auto Sorters.

2016

Acquired its 6th Boeing 757-200 freighter.

Recognised amongst the top 50 of India's Best Companies to Work for by Great Place to Work, India.

Recognised as one of the Top 25 Best Employers in India by AON Hewitt.

Recognised as a Superbrand for the 9th consecutive year.

2017

Ranked No.1 Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia 2017, in a study conducted by Great Place to Work® (GPTW) Institute, India.

Voted a Business Superbrand for the 10th consecutive year.

Voted a Most Trusted Brand by Reader's Digest for the 11th consecutive year.

Asia's Most Trusted Brand by IBC (International Brand Consulting Corporation, USA) in the year 2016.

Blue Dart powers last-mile deliveries with electric vehicles in Gurgaon.

 

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