Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4198 posts, RR: 33 Posted (10 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5527 times:
Snippets from Lloyds List:
At the moment, Jet is eyeing another market that has been growing at an exponential rate — air freight. It is studying and tracking the Blue Dart business model, and is seriously examining the feasibility of launching a domestic cargo airline.
In phase one, the airline would seek to have a domestic freighter operation linking the major Indian cities with cargo to move around.
In the second phase, it would feed London-bound cargo thus accumulated, to its own Mumbai-London flights. By July this year, the airline should be flying wide-bodied A340/A330 on the Mumbai-London route, and have sufficient cargo space.
Phase three proposes that cargo accumulated at Mumbai is fed to other international cargo carriers, most of which have the city as their Indian hub.
“Should the airline not want that, any number of Boeing 737-300F aircraft are available in the market,” says Mr Adams. “The first phase could kick off with a couple of planes, but by the second and the third phases, we would make a major decision on the cargo airline’s future.”
Growth on the domestic circuit to four or five freighters may open up potential for a long-haul freighter for overseas runs — the likes of the Boeing 747F, Airbus A330-600F or the yet-to-be-built Boeing 777F.
I think with A330-600F the A300-600F is meant - even though I would not discount Jet Airways as a possible launch customer for the A330-200F. Business plan is supposed to be ready by September or October.
The A330F would be a big possibility, however reading through the article, they mention the 747F. I don't think they should go get 747Fs now, because they would be starting up their new Jet Airways Cargo division and might go overkill with the 747. They could have gone with MD-11Fs, but those are almost exclusively taken up by FX and 5X and they're pretty much none available on the open market. The 777-200F would still be a bit too big for them, but it is probably still the right size for them, along with the A330-200F.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5443 times:
For Cargo to Survive in the Indian Market.The Ground Network should be real strong.Collecting Cargo/Courier & getting it to the Airport is the tough part.Carrying it in a freighter is relatively very simple.
Some time back there was talk about B744SFs for 9W.
Currently BDA/DHL is the lone player in the Domestic market operating Freighters.Elbee Aviation shut years ago & Cresent Air has not been operating for some months now.
There is a lot of Scope for Cargo in the country.