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Name: BLUE DART AVIATION
7JetSet7 Code: BDA
Status: Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: CHENNAI
Country: INDIA
Employees 625
Web: bluedartaviation.com
Email: bdal@md2.vsnl.net.in
Telephone: +91 (44) 225 61112
Fax: +91 (44) 225 60067
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ESTABLISHED IN 1994 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. A K A BLUE DART EXPRESS. DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
88/89 OLD INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
MEENAMBAKKAM AIRPORT
CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU 600027, INDIA

INDIA (REPUBLIC OF INDIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1947, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 3,287,590 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 970 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS NEW DELHI, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE HINDI AND ENGLISH.

JANUARY 1996: 2 737-200F'S TO PROVIDE FEEDERS INTO BOMBAY ON BEHALF OF FEDEX (FED) (STARTS MAY 1996).

3 737-2A8A'S (JT8D-9A), EX-INDIAN AIRLINES (IND) (TWO AS FREIGHTERS, AND 3RD FOR SPARES).

MAY 1997: NITEEN GUPTE, REPLACES ROBERT BRESNAHAN, CEO.

FEBRUARY 1998: PLANS FOR HANGAR AT CHENNAI (MADRAS), AND COMPONENT REPAIR FACILITY NEAR AIRPORT.

1 737-200, (PLM) LEASING.

MAY 1998: BLUE DART EXPRESS, GLOBAL PARTNER OF FEDEX (FED), BEGINS DOMESTIC CHARTER FLIGHTS WITH 2 737F'S, WITH 16 TONNES CAPACITY, EACH FOR OVERNIGHT DELIVERY TO 973 DESTINATIONS.

OCTOBER 1998: DOMESTIC AIRFARES, INCREASE +11.2%.

DECEMBER 1998: PLANS FOR 3RD 737-200F, BY APRIL 1999.

NOVEMBER 1999: 1 ORDER 737-2A8C (FEBRUARY 2000), EX-INDIAN AIRLINES (IND).

APRIL 2000: (http://www.bluedart.com). (bdal@md2.vsnl.net.in).

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1999 = +$3.25 MILLION (+$1.4 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).

MAY 2000: 1 ORDER 737-2K9 (702-22415, /80 50 27, VT-SIE), EX-AIR SAHARA (SAQ), TO BE CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY STAMBAUGH AVIATION.

OCTOBER 2000: AGREEMENT WITH CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) FOR DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION OF IMPORT LOADS FOR (CHI), OFFERING OVERNIGHT DELIVERY. MAINLY HANDLING TAIWAN-MADE, COMPUTER PARTS, AND PERIPHERALS, AS WELL AS OTHER MACHINERY PARTS.

FEBRUARY 2001: 1 737-200F DELIVERY.

APRIL 2001: 370 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 70 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

NOVEMBER 2001: FACED WITH GROWING COMPETITION FROM THE INCREASING NUMBER OF NEW START-UP AIRLINES, BLUE DART AVIATION (BDA) FORMS NEW "SIGMA" ALLIANCE, WITH MANDALA AIRLINES (MND), PELITA, & DIRGANTARA AIR SERVICE TO POOL SERVICES, AND AVOID HEAD-ON COMPETITION WITH EACH OTHER, WHILE COMPETING WITH NATIONAL CARRIER GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA), & OTHER DOMESTIC CARRIERS.

JANUARY 2001: PLANS TO ADD SERVICE TO AHMEDABAD AND HYDERABAD. CURRENTLY OPERATES 3 737F'S TO BANGALORE, KOLKATA (CALCUTTA), MUMBAI (BOMBAY), AND NEW DELHI.

June 2002: 1 order (February 2003) 737-300.

August 2002: Parent, Blue Dart Express, terminates its jet airplane contract with FedEx (FED) to concentrate its efforts on international expansion into the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

(http://www.bluedartaviation.com).

June 2003: 430 employees.

March 2004: 737-25F (24236), ex-Xiamen Airlines (XIA).

May 2004: 370 employees (including 20 Flight Crew (FC); & 70 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

July 2004: 737-2T4 (23272) bought from Janco.

November 2004: DHL Express acquired a 68% stake in Blue Dart (BDA) for EUR 128 million. Following the acquisition, (BDA) will be managed as a standalone company under the leadership of the existing management.

November 2005: Indian state-run oil companies reduced the price of aviation turbine fuel by -1.85% effective November 1 due to the drop in international oil prices, "Newindpress" reported. For domestic airlines the price per kiloliter has been cut approximately -2% to INR35,761/$792.31 in Delhi and INR36,715 in Mumbai. For international carriers the price has gone down -4% to $609 per kiloliter in Delhi and $601 in Mumbai.

2 orders (February 2006) 757-200F's, freighters.

February 2006: 757-200 (VT-BDJ), delivery.

May 2006: Indian domestic airports recorded a near +10% increase in cargo traffic in the 12 months to March 31 over the previous corresponding period. The biggest increases were recorded at Tiruchi (up +114.8%), Patna (up +37.2%), Bangalore (up +23.6%), Delhi (up +11.2%) and Chennai (up +10.8%). International freight traffic also grew strongly, rising +11.7% to 920,150 tonnes. The biggest gains were recorded at Tiruchi (+130%), Coimbatore (+102%), Bangalore (+27.3%) and Hyderabad (+21.7%).

July 2006: Blue Dart Aviation (BDA) operates scheduled night express cargo flights and is involved in domestic and regional charter jet airplane operations. It has an in-house maintenance capability and provides airplane maintenance and engineering support to various users.

625 employees (including 45 Flight Crew (FC), & 100 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: BZ - 620. (ICAO) Code: BDA (Callsign - BLUE DART).

Parent organization/shareholders: Blue Dart Express (Tushar Jani and Khushroo Dubash) (100%).

Main Base: Chennai International Airport (MAA).

Hubs: Bangalore International Airport (BLR); Calcutta International airport (CCU); Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport (DEL); Hyderabad airport (HYD); & Mumbai International airport (BOM).

Domestic, freight destinations: Bangalore; Chennai; Delhi; Hyderabad; Kolkata (Calcutta); & Mumbai (Bombay).

Blue Dart (BDA) operates its airplanes at night ex - Chennai and Calcutta connecting enroute Bangalore, Bombay and Delhi for overnight next day delivery of Express and Cargo loads.

Blue Dart (BDA) has in-house Engineering, Quality Control, Ground Handling, Security facilities to meet the business of carriage of Express and Cargo loads on the above sectors.

Blue Dart (BDA) is the only jet cargo airline in India, who offer various services including Air Cargo Movement (Charters), Engineering, Software Development, Aviation Projects and Flight Handling Services.

Maintenance and Engineering:

Blue Dart (BDA) has established captive consumption, maintenance facilities for servicing, rectification and repair of 737-200 airplanes, including modification. The established facilities are equipped to undertake D Check, Supplemental Structural Inspection Document (SSID), and Corrosion Prevention & Control Program (CPCP) work. Service bays for radio, electricals, wheels & brakes are also established. Blue Dart (BDA) continuously and progressively strives to enhance the above capabilities.

Third Party Jobs:

Blue Dart (BDA) has in-built capacity to undertake third party maintenance, repairs, modification on airframe, including modification of component in service bays. The above facilities have been availed by various airlines in the course of thirty months from inception.

Software Development:

Blue Dart (BDA) has developed in - house various packages to meet the requirements; Flight Updation Scheduling Inquiries and Operational Notes - (FUSION), System for Aircraft Logistics Inventory Management - (SALIM), System for Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) Analysis for Crew Performance Monitoring - (SODA), System of Aircraft Trimming and Balancing - (STAB). The above systems are in use by Blue Dart (BDA) and can be modified for specific customer needs.

Aviation Project Consultancy:

Blue Dart (BDA) offers aviation project consultancy relating to Flight Operations, Training, Aircraft Maintenance, Quality Control, including set up of an aviation operation in India, and has a dedicated team of experienced professionals to meet customer requirements.

Flight Handling:

Blue Dart (BDA) possesses trained personnel and equipment including main deck loaders, pallet movement dolleys/ trolleys, pallet build up facilities, X-ray screening and security facilities, suitable for 727/ 737 airplanes. Blue Dart (BDA) can provide services to customers at Chennai, Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta.

May 2007: SITA said it is working with Airports Authority of India (AAI) to deploy an additional 17 (VHF) ground stations at the nation's airports, enabling Indian airlines and (AAI) to exchange real-time data with airplanes and allowing "increased safety and efficiency of operations." This will bring SITA's Aircom network in India to 23 stations.

July 2007: Precision Conversions received a 757-200PCF order from DHL-European Air Transport (EPT). The ex-VIM Airlines airplane will be modified at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville and will be redelivered in October. It is owned by DHL-European Air Transport (EPT) but is expected to be operated by Blue Dart Aviation (BDA) in Chennai.

July 2008: Blue Dart (BDA) covers 14,000 locations in India with an integrated transport chain.

August 2008: GMR Hyderabad International Airport, developer and operator of the new Rajiv Gandhi International, said it received clearance from the Ministry of Aviation to levy a INR375/$8.66 user development fee on outbound domestic passengers.

The Indian government announced official approval for significant modernization and expansion projects at Kolkata (CCU) and Chennai airports that will bring the facilities to "international standard" and cost a combined $900 million. The 30-month project at (CCU) will cost an estimated INR19.43 billion/$452.4 million and expand annual handling capacity by 20 million passengers. The second runway will be extended to 3,293 m and made suitable for "large commercial airplanes," navigation facilities will be upgraded, airplane parking and additional taxiways will be added, and road and rail connections to the airport will be improved. The work first was proposed in April 2007. (CCU) handled 7.5 million passengers in the 2007 to 2008 fiscal year and is expected to process 24.7 million in 2015 through 2016.

At Chennai, INR18.1 billion will be spent on a similar 26-month project designed to increase capacity by +14 million passengers per year. In the recently completed fiscal year it processed 10.7 million passengers. The second runway will be extended and a new taxiway constructed, among other improvements, including a new domestic terminal building capable of handling 10 million passengers per year.

November 2008: 757-25C/SF (25898, VT-BDN), ex-(N7273).

May 2010: Boeing (TBC) said Blue Dart Aviation (BDA) selected its Maintenance Performance Toolbox for its 757-200F freighter fleet. The software-based productivity tool unifies airline maintenance data, streamlining the documentation process.

July 2012: 757-204F (26962, VT-BDO), ex-(N226EA), (DHL) leased.

July 2014: Precision Aircraft Solutions has begun conversion of a (DHL)-owned Boeing 757, which will be operated by Blue Dart Aviation (BDA), a (DHL) affiliate. It will be the 15th overall airplane and the fifth 757 airplane converted by Precision to fly in the (DHL) global network. The conversion is underway at (TAECO) in Xiamen, with redelivery targeted for early October.

June 2015: Indian integrated transportation and distribution firm, Blue Dart Express, has acquired control of local freight specialist Blue Dart Aviation (IATA) Code: BZ, based at Chennai) (BDA).

In a stock exchange filing, Blue Dart Express said its board of directors had approved the purchase of an additional 21% stake in the carrier, bringing its overall shareholding up from 49%, to 70%. The board had originally sought 74%.

Blue Dart Aviation (BDA) operates 5 757-200Fs on night-time courier flights throughout India, to 7 destinations, on 17 routes and 21 daily flights.

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October 2017:

0 737-2A8C (JT8D) (272-20482, /70 VT-EAI), EX-(IND), PARTED OUT. FREIGHTER.

0 737-2A8F (JT8D-9A) (434-21163, /75 VT-BDE "VISION II;" 435-21164, /75 VT-BDF "VISION I"), EX-(IND), CONV TO F BY (STC). FREIGHTER.

0 737-2K9F (JT8D-17) (702-22415, /80, VT-BDG), EX-(SAQ), CONV TO F BY STAMBAUGH. FREIGHTER.

0 737-2T4F (JT8D-17A) (1093-23272, /85 VT-BDI "VISION V"), BF JANCO 2004-07, CVTD 2004-10. FREIGHTER.

0 737-25F (JT8D-17A) (1585-24236, /88 VT-BDH "VISION IV"), EX-(XIA) 2004-03. FREIGHTER.

1 757-204F (26962, VT-BDO), EX-(N226EA), DHL LSD 2012-07.

2 757-236SF (RB211-535C) (179-24102, /88 VT-BDJ, 2006-02; 211-24267, /89 VT-BDK, 2006-05), (TBC) LSD. FREIGHTER.

1 757-255C/SF (475-25898, VT-BDN), EX-(N7273) 2008-11.

1 757-28APCF (RB211-535E4B) (704-26276, /96 VT-BDQ "VISION XI" - - SEE PHOTO - - "BDA-757-28APCF-2014-02"), EX-(N391LF), EX-((MIC)/(ICE)/FGC), EX-GOODYEAR, ARIZONA STORAGE (2014-02). FREIGHTER.

Management:
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TUSHAR JANI, CHAIRMAN.

CLYDE COOPER, MANAGING DIRECTOR (MUMBAI).

NITEEN GUPTE, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (bdal@md2.vsnl.net.in).

KARTIK PANDIT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

TULSI MIRCHANDANEY, SENIOR VP MARKETING & PROJECTS.

BHAVANI SHANKAR, CHIEF FINANCE MANAGER.

SANJAY JOSHI, CHIEF FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

SHAJI KARUNAKARAN, CHIEF ENGINEERING MANAGER.

GROUP CAPTAIN S G THATTE, CHIEF MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY.

R P MATHUR, CHIEF MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS TECHNICAL.

SURESH NAIR, CHIEF GROUND OPERATIONS MANAGER.

B NATARAJAN, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER (1997-02).

K V KRISHNAN, MANAGER HEAVY MAINTENANCE & PROJECTS (1997-02).

A S RAO, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.

 
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