India’s premier air and integrated transportation and distribution company, Blue Dart said that it is exploring international charter to support government requirement for mission-critical logistics. To that end, Blue Dart has listed itself on the dedicated ‘Lifeline Udan’ initiative of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
Enabling the nation in its fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, the company has already been delivering testing kits, reagents, enzymes, medical equipment (ventilators), N95 respirators and surgical masks, gloves, and other items requisitioned by state governments across the country. Blue Dart’s six 757 Boeing freighters are operating day and night across Indian skies to expedite delivery of critical supplies amongst other shipments.
Amid this challenging environment, Blue Dart has mobilised its Business Contingency and Continuity Plan (BCCP), including pandemic operating plans, while also implementing preventive actions as appropriate to ensure least disruption in their services to Indian businesses. The company’s Quick Response Team QRT) is working 24×7 towards mitigating potential impacts while ensuring continuity of the supply chain across the nation.
Managing Director of Blue Dart Express Balfour Manuel said, “In this critical health crisis, our express logistics services play a critical role in saving lives – whether by sending emergency medical equipment and supplies to healthcare workers; delivering necessity goods to customers; or by finding solutions for companies to continue their operations. To this end, we are working closely with government bodies and institutions. Our QRT is responding exceptionally to the situation.”
Blue Dart operated two new air routes – Guwahati and Pune which are not a part of their normal schedule. The company is also operating flights during any sudden exigency.
“Industries who are working with have appreciated the response that Blue Dart has been able to put together at short notice. We are working round the clock to deliver in a time-bound manner so that the fight against the pandemic is supplemented and multiplied. To ensure the air life-line of the nation, our aircrafts are deployed,” Manuel added.