Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Air India looking at leasing in dedicated freighter aircraft

Air India is working on a business model which could lead to the re-introduction of dedicated freighters into its fleet.

The carrier's Executive Commercial Director (Cargo), Abhay Pathak, told Asia Cargo News that the studies come as demand has outstripped the airline's bellyhold capacity.

“To be honest, freighters are the need of the hour for us,” he said in an interview. “The only thing is, the organization has to make a call on when and how we’d like to go about it. We can really use them for places like Hong Kong Int'l and Shanghai Pudong, as well as connecting Dhaka and Colombo Int'l to the US. We can play a very big role with a hubbing operation. The requirement will not be less than a daily 747 freighter to Europe and the US.” However, according to the executive, the business model Air India is looking at would not involve it buying any aircraft.
04/07/18 ch-aviation