National Airline of India, Air India is planning to increase its cargo capacity by 300% in next 5 years. The airline’s strategy on expanding cargo operations is in line with the central government push to expand air cargo and logistics industry in India.
Air India to triple cargo capacity
Air India, the largest Full Service Airline of India has plans to increase its cargo capacity by 300% in the next 5 years. The airline plans to utilize the belly capacity of the upcoming widebodies.
According to Airports Authority of India, Indian airports handled 3.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2022-2023. The government is aiming to take this number to 10 million tonnes. With the introduction of Navi Mumbai International Airport and Jewar International Airport next year, this number looks achievable.
The airline said that it is collaborating with SATS to invest substantial capital expenditure for developing airport and logistics infrastructure. In the statement, it said that it is collaborating with SATS to invest capital expenditure for developing the infrastructure required at airports for logistics transport. Augmenting freighter capacity is also on cards.
The airline will enhance surveillance by launching special control centres to improve customer relations. In the press statement, it said it will launch 3 control centres to enhance customer interface and operational efficiency. As domestic e-commerce in Indian Tier 2 & 3 cities expand, the airline will continue to add momentum.
Currently, the airline is transporting cargo to over 40 international and 38 domestic destinations.
The airline is strengthening interline partnerships and making new connections. It has tied up with trucking companies across the globe. It is coordinating with logistics service providers from Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru to strengthen trans-shipment efficiency and volumes at these hubs.
The airline is awaiting delivery of 16 new widebody aircraft by end of March of next year. This includes 6 Airbus A350s, 1 Boeing 777-200LRs and 9 Boeing 777-300ERs. The airline will use the belly space of these additional widebody aircraft to enhance cargo capacity. The airline is retiring the old Boeing 777-200LR fleet.
The Loadstar reported some months ago that the airline is looking at inducting dedicated freighters in its fleet. The plan was to induct 80 Freighter aircraft in next 2 decades. However, there is no update from the airline on this.
Source Credits : The Indian Express