Blue Dart Acquires Fifth Boeing 737 Aircraft

- India's only cargo airline further enhances its distribution capability; strengthens Charter Services capabilities -

Mumbai : November 01, 2004

Blue Dart Express Limited, South Asia's leading courier and integrated air express package distribution company, has acquired its fifth 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 cargo fleet of four Boeing 737 freighters and, once positioned at Delhi from where it is scheduled to operate, will strengthen Blue Dart's charter capabilities within the country and between India and the SAARC region. Blue Dart has obtained necessary permissions from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the new aircraft.

Announcing the acquisition of the fifth aircraft Clyde Cooper, Managing Director, announced, "The acquisition of the fifth aircraft reinforces Blue Dart's leadership in the South Asian region. On induction, the aircraft would bolster the distribution capabilities of the company and also give us the opportunity to operate more charter services within the country, as well as to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The new aircraft will help us meet the continuously increasing demands on capacity and complement our already exiting strong integrated ground and air network".

Blue Dart, South Asia's leading courier and integrated air express package distribution company, with a market share of 39% and dedicated aviation infrastructure, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 13,700 locations in India and 800 locations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Blue Dart was selected a Superbrand from over 700 brands across 98 categories in India. The Blue Dart team drives marketplace leadership through its motivated people force, 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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Dated : November 01, 2004

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