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Air India Cargo is the cargo division of Air India, it is based in Mumbaimarker. The airline operates freighter services to twelve domestic and two international cities.

History

Air India Cargo was set up in 1954, and started its freighter operations with a Douglas DC-3 Dakota aircraft, giving Air India the distinction of being the first Asian airline to operate freighters.

Services

A member of IATA, Air India carries all types of cargo including dangerous goods (hazardous materials) and live animals, provided such shipments are tendered according to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and IATA Live Animals Regulations.

At the warehouse in Mumbaimarker, Air India has developed a system of inventory management for cargo handling of import/export functions. This takes care of the management of cargo, supports Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messages with Indian Customs and replaces to a great extent paper correspondence between Customs, Airlines, and the custodians. This also replaces manual handling and binning of cargo at the warehouse in Mumbai by Air India.

Expansion

Air India is converting eight of its Airbus A310-300 into freighters in Dresdenmarker,Germanymarker, at a cost of $7 million each. The first four are now operating for Air India Cargo with two services are routed via Dammammarker, to a total of 13 destinations.

The merger of Indian Airlines and its domestic subsidiary Alliance Air led to the acquisition of one Boeing 737-200C aircraft from Alliance's fleet, plus 10 Boeing 737-200s. Three of these were phased out of service, while five have been converted to freighters in the United Statesmarker. One of these also operated for Indian Airlines Cargo division for a brief period. All six aircraft are now flying Air India Cargo domestic routes, while the remaining two 737-200s might be converted as well.

In November 2007, Air India partnered with GATI, a leader and pioneer in express distribution and supply chain solutions for a dedicated freighter Service.

Destinations

Air India Cargo serve the following cities, it also has ground truck-transportation arrangements on select destinations.

Indiamarker

Saudi Arabiamarker



Fleet

The Air India Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of May 2009) :
Air India Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Service Routes Notes
Airbus A310-300 4 Domestic, Middle East
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Dammam

all plan to be leased out.
Boeing 737-200/Adv 5 Domestic
Boeing 737-200C/Adv 1 Domestic
Total 10


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