India’s biggest Full Service Carrier (FSC) Air India is aiming to double its cargo capacity with respect to pre-COVID level. The airline is continuously in talks with companies to establish a direct supply chain.
Air India upping Cargo capacity
Air India is looking to increase its cargo market share to 20% in next 2-3 years. For comparison, the cargo market share of Air India in 2019 was just 8%.
The airline plans to use the belly space of upcoming widebody aircraft to increase its cargo carrying capacity. For this strategical move, the airline has been in talks with Electronics, Pharma and Telecom companies to establish a direct supply chain.
Induction of Freighters?
Recently, The LoadStar reported that Air India is planning to add a dedicated freighter fleet. The airline was aiming to induct upto 80 Freighter aircraft in upcoming 2 decades. LoadStar cited some sources, who knew about the matter. However, neither the airline placed any order, nor talked about it. It will be interesting to see in the upcoming future, whether Air India goes for dedicated freighter fleet or not.
Lot of widebodies on the way
The airline, by the end of March 2024 is planning to induct around 16 new widebody aircraft. These aircraft includes :
- 1 former Delta Airlines Boeing 777-200LR
- 6 former Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER
- 3 Singapore International Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
- 6 Airbus A350-900 (earlier destined to Russian carrier Aeroflot)
This inductions will increase the widebody capacity of Air India by 30%. However, the 3 Singapore International Airlines B77W will be used to retire the old Boeing 777-200LR fleet.
Plans for Cargo Capacity Increment
Air India has implemented some changes in the cargo handling processes and is preparing the infrastructure to manage sector-specific cargo as well. An executive told LiveMint that Pharma is a sector which can become significant to Air India in the cargo segment.
According to data from Airport Authority of India, all airports handles 3.2 million tonnes of freight in FY23. 60% of these was international cargo. Government is aiming to increase cargo capacity to 10 million tonnes by 2030.
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Source : LiveMint