Delhi: Lufthansa Cargo, global market leader in international
air freight traffic, will begin its maiden flight with
DHL shipments from India, on March 30, 2004. The first
Lufthansa Cargo MD 11 freighter to carry DHL shipments
touches down at Delhi at 11:35 hours on March 30, 2004
(the start of the summer flight schedule) and departs
the same day at 13:05 hours en route to Cologne.
this additional flight operated by Lufthansa Cargo, which
will operate five days a week except Saturdays and Mondays,
DHL will not only offer additional guaranteed cargo space
to Indian shippers but also expands the number of DHL
entry points from India to Europe.
to Chris Callen, country manager, DHL India, "With
the addition of the freighter option, DHL entry points
from India into the West have increased, offering greater
connectivity. That means not only greater choice and improved
delivery reliability, but also later cut-off times for
pick ups thanks to improved departure times."
also added, "It also gives us additional capacity
to carry heavier shipments as we have guaranteed blocked
space on the operator, Lufthansa. Commodities such as
spare parts, machinery, samples and equipment can now
be delivered even faster because of the reduced transit
the introduction of the new freighter service, shippers
in India will have access to late cut-off timings in primary
as well as secondary locations such as Tirpur or Coimbatore,
where the cut-off timing has been increased from pre-noon
to late nights in order to catch connecting flights along
with.guaranteed uplift of heavy shipments.even during
DHL has added Ahmedabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad,
Kolkata and Pune, Callen added, that Indian shippers would
have their paper work cleared faster and and immediate
clearance of freight shipments locally.