News Clip : Cargo Talk, Mumbai.

01st July, 2003.

Blue Dart adds the eastern sector through Bengal to its network. One of South Asia's leading couriers has acquired its fourth aircarft, a Boeing 737, as part of its fleet expansion plans

Blue Dart Express, South Asia's leading courier and integrated air express package distribution company, recently announced commencement of its services in Kharagpur through its Regional Service Participant (RSP), Kharagpur Gas Service. All of Blue Dart's products and services will be available from Kharagpur.

On the appointment of the new RSP, Amod Dasgupta, vice president, East, Blue Dart Express Limited said, "It gives us great pleasure to appoint our RSP in this area. Kharagpur Gas Service with its existing base of 13,000 customers and 32 delivery counters allows us to better service our customers in the region and provides them convenient access to our entire range of products and services.

He also added,"Our regional service participant at Kharagpur is linked to Blue Dart's extensive communication system via the internet through an indigenously-designed special software called SENTOR (Status Entry Offline for Regional Service Participants and Remote Locations) which will provide all customers in the region with tracking updates and information in realtime. This service is unique to Blue Dart's service participants."

Kharagpur houses the premier educational powerhouse,IIT Kharagpur, the oldest amongst all IITs. It boasts of an air force base and is the divisional headquarters of South Eastern Railways. The area is also home to mines for ferrites and their processing units, as well as manufacturing units of primary business houses.

A Fourth Blue Bird Takes Wing

Blue Dart, is also India's only cargo airline. It has acquired a fourth aircraft and has augmented its distribution capability.Blue Dart Express Limited, one of South Asia's leading courier and integrated air express package distribution company, has acquired its fourth aircraft, a Boeing 737, as part of its fleet expansion plans. The aircraft has been acquired for operations by its 100 % subsidiary, Blue Dart Aviation, the only cargo airline in India.

The aircraft will boost Blue Dart's already robust fleet of three Boeing 737 freighters, and will enhance the present cargo capacity by a minimum of 30 tonnes per day, adding to its present daily capacity of 145 tonnes. Blue Dart has obtained all permissions from the DGCA for the new aircraft.

Announcing the acquisition of the fourth aircraft Clyde Cooper, managing director, announced, "The acquisition of the fourth aircraft reinforces Blue Dart's leadership in the domestic express industry. On induction, it would further strengthen our capabilities to service our strong customer base spanning across more than 13,600 locations in the country. The new aircraft will meet the increased demands on capacity and complement our strong integrated ground network."

Blue Dart, South Asia's leading courier and integrated air express package distribution company with dedicated aviation infrastructure, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 13,600 locations in the region. Through its sales alliance with world #1, DHL Worldwide Express, Blue Dart offers its customers the DHL advantage of global reach, unmatched

cross-border specialisation and greater network flexibility.Blue Dart has been re-certified recently, as one of a handful of Indian companies, to the new global ISO 9001-2000 standards. The Blue Dart team drives marketplace leadership through its unique aviation system, cutting edge technology, innovation and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers.

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