Gopinath cargo airline to take off in May

left(Captain Gopinath, MD, Air Deccan) & Right( Mr Praful Patel, Civil Aviation Minister)

left(Captain Gopinath, MD, Air Deccan) & Right( Mr Praful Patel, Civil Aviation Minister)

Mumbai: G R Gopinath, the founder of budget carrier Air Deccan, is ready to start operations for his cargo airline in May. His company, Deccan Cargo Express Logistics, will take delivery of three Airbus 310 freighters from the first week of April onwards.
The company plans to offer end-to-end logistics solutions where it has custodial charge of the cargo. Till the back-end warehouse infrastructure is ready at the airline’s national hub in Nagpur, Gopinath’s freighters will fly the Dubai-Mumbai-Delhi-Hong Kong route offering dedicated cargo space to freight forwarders and serve anyone who wants to move international freight to these cities for time-definite delivery.
This ensures that the planes don’t lie idle till the back-end systems are ready, said Gopinath.
Deccan Cargo Express Logistics has signed up with Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), a complex that is being developed by the Maharashtra government, for a hub in Nagpur.
Gopinath was instrumental in improving air connectivity to smaller towns and plans to replicate the model for his cargo business. “Today, cargo that lands in Mumbai can take a week to get into industrial clusters in the hinterland. With a hub in Nagpur, we will provide connectivity to 60 cities overnight,” he said.
The cargo airline will follow a hub-and-spoke model. Turboprops will feed and collect cargo from small towns, while the Airbus 310 freighters will connect metros and fly cargo to international hubs like Dubai and Hong Kong, among others.
Gopinath’s cargo airline will be pitching itself against established players like Blue Dart, Gati, TNT Express and First Flight in India’s domestic cargo business.


~ by anand213 on March 16, 2009.

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