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Blue Dart launches a new state-of-the-art aviation hub in Chennai, further boosting its market leadership in India

> State of the art, modern and efficient facility supports PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision of providing excellent quality assurance for infrastructure at Airports.

> Expansion strengthens Blue Dart’s market leadership in India by accelerating speed and on-time performance for domestic deliveries within India.

18 June 2018, Mumbai

Blue Dart, India’s leading logistics services provider, and a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, today announced the launch of its new state-of-the-art aviation hub in Chennai. The Aviation Hub will measure 4,912 sq. meters upon completion and is strategically located at the Blue Dart Aviation Terminal, Gate 6 Old International Airport, Meenambakkam, Chennai, with both air and land side access, enabling fast and efficient transfer of shipments, improving faster transit times and further extending Blue Dart’s already market leading service quality.

The new facility will also house the headquarters of Blue Dart Aviation, India’s only commercial cargo airline which provides 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 BCAS approved security screening with its own X-Ray machines, equipment and dedicated manpower.

Charles Brewer, CEO, DHL eCommerce said, “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 and we are continually investing in our people, service and infra-structure to ensure we support the growth of our customers.”

Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, DHL eCommerce India added, “The new aviation hub will further improve our already market-leading transit times and boost on-time performance, further strengthening our promise of being the nation’s most reliable logistics brand. As part of the world’s leading logistics company, we are committed to supporting India businesses and will continue to be the logistics provider of choice for India.”

Features of Blue Dart’s state-of-the-art Aviation hub in Chennai

  • Strategically located to enable speedy transfer of express shipments between the aircraft and the express surface transportation system
  • Equipped to carry out inhouse engineering line maintenance for its fleet of aircraft and heavy airframe checks upto the 4C Check level
  • Training facilities approved by BCAS and DGCA include Dangerous Goods Regulations Training and the Airline Type Rating Programme
  • Regulatory approved for security screening with its own xray machines, equipment and dedicated manpower.
  • Parking space for its own freighters.

Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart said, “Blue Dart continues to be the undisputed market leader in the logistics industry in India. We continue to invest heavily in technology and infrastructure to create differentiated delivery capabilities, provide the best quality services and customized solutions for our customers. The new aviation hub in Chennai reaffirms Blue Dart’s commitment to support India’s growth story”.

Commenting on the new aviation hub in Chennai, Tulsi Mirchandaney, Managing Director, Blue Dart Aviation added, “The Airport Expansion Programme has facilitated the need to have a modernized, more efficient and productive infrastructure to support demand and growth. Blue Dart supports the critical supply chains of numerous industry segments, and improved infrastructure at the Airports will go a long way in helping us support the PM’s ‘Make in India’ Vision”.

The facility also houses training facilities which are approved by BCAS and DGCA with own instructors who will carry out Crew, Engineering, Security and Operations training. Blue Dart is also regulatory approved for and carries out its own airframe heavy maintenance and aircraft modifications at its headquarters, and self-handling at all of its on line stations.


About Blue Dart:
Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia's premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 35,000 locations in India. As part of the DP DHL Group’s (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain) Post - eCommerce - Parcel (PeP) division, Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and territories and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding, supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart's market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability which include recognition as one of ‘India's Best Companies to Work For’ by The Great Place to Work® Institute, amongst the Top 25 Best Employers in India 2016 by AON Hewitt, voted as a Superbrand for the 10th time in a row, voted as Asia’s Most Trusted Brand, listed as one of Fortune 500’s India's Largest Corporations and Forbes India's Super 50 Companies and voted Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand for the 11th time in a row to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).

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Ketan Kulakarni
Sr.Vice President & Head – Marketing, Corporate Communications & Sustainability

ketank@bluedart.com
+91 22 28396444

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