DHL Express and Blue Dart inaugurate a first-of-its-kind integrated air side facility at Bengaluru International Airport
ﾷ Commitment to invest US$ 25 million in the integrated facility to synergize domestic and international express operations
ﾷ Improved services by reduced throughput time of 60 minutes
Bangalore : November 20, 2008:
DHL Express, India's No 1 international air express company and Blue Dart, India's No 1 domestic air express company along with Blue Dart Aviation today inaugurated a first-of-its-kind integrated terminal at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) that will help synergize the domestic and international express operations of both businesses in South India. With an investment of US$ 25 million, this 220,757 sq.ft facility is expected to provide faster clearance and seamless handling of in-bound and out-bound international and domestic shipments, which will further strengthen the companies' unparalleled global and domestic delivery network.
This combined facility that handles both domestic and international express operations at BIAL is expected to bring substantial synergies in operations such as reducing throughput handling time, streamlining processes and optimizing the utilization of space and common resources. The facility augments the dedicated aviation network which is one of its kind in the country with its own maintenance, ground handling and airside cum cityside operations capabilities. Further, it is also scaled to accommodate future growth over the next 10 years.
At the inauguration, Dan McHugh, CEO, DHL Express - Asia Pacific said, "With increasing trade opportunities in India and continued growth in Intra-Asia trade, our integrated facility at the new Bengaluru Airport will offer greater customer convenience by providing end-to-end solutions for domestic and international express services. We are proud to be the pioneers in establishing the first-of-its-kind facility in Asia, benchmarked against world-class facilities. This infrastructure is benchmarked to successful global hubs that have self controlled operations and have achieved outstanding results in facilitating trade."
Malcolm Monteiro, Senior VP & Area Director-South Asia, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said "DHL continues to invest in India to support its growing customer base. Along with our domestic partner, Blue Dart, we are now jointly leveraging on our strengths in joint facilities, customer service, retail express outlets and back end support. We consider this to be a tremendous competitive advantage to combine DHL's international access in over 220 countries along with Blue Dart's strong domestic network of 21,044 locations across India."
DHL's Express services are widely used by a large number of customers serving critical business & personal requirements. DHL & Blue Dart together are the market leaders of the Express business in India. This integrated facility will now provide a seamless Express handling experience that ensures better utilization of airport assets. With the reduction of load shipments and vehicular movement, the customer will now benefit with a throughput time advantage of 60 minutes.
As part of the DHL group, Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express stated, "Blue Dart, was the first express player to operate freighters in India. Our dedicated ground and air express services combined with our superior aviation infrastructure continues to be our key differentiator. This shared facility increases our competitive advantage. As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary in India, this is a key milestone that lays a strong foundation for Airport infrastructure."
About DHL India
DHL India offers customers comprehensive logistics solutions through their four business units: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Exel Supply Chain and Blue Dart. With a majority stake in Blue Dart, DHL has an unmatched domestic network across 21,044 locations pan India. Through the four business units, customers have access to tailor-made end to end solutions in express, air and ocean freight, supply chain solutions and customs clearance. With world class service centres, biggest retail presence, investment in gateways and warehouses, DHL services more than 50,000 customers across India.
About Blue Dart:
Blue Dart, part pf the DHL group, is South Asia's premier No.1 express air and integrated transportation, distribution and Logistics Company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 21,044 locations in India.
The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated work force, dedicated air capacity, cutting-edge technology, innovation, and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. For further information, please visit our website at www.bluedart.com.
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.
DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.
DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 bn Euros in 2007.
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Dated :November 20, 2008