Mumbai: Blue Dart India has said that it was slashing tariff rates by a quarter as part of its Covid-19 initiative to help India fight the pandemic virus.
"Blue Dart Express reduces Retail Tariff prices by 25% aiding the nation in its fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak," said the company.
The company announced the fresh order in a bid to offer customers a solution to enable supply chain continuity. The new rates are applicable to retail and SME customers.
Blue Dart is a part of Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) and operates 6 dedicated Boeing 757 freighters, with each having a capacity of 34 tons. "These have been operating during the lockdown period across Indian cities enabling essential shipments – medical equipment & pharmaceutical products, reach the first responders in Hospitals & Medical Institutions with the promise of secure and timely deliveries," said the company.
Ketan Kulkarni, CMO with Blue Dart said: "Blue Dart's ‘FIGHT COVID 19 – PRICE (FC19-P)’ is a unique initiative & our duty towards the nation in these times of crisis. We have always stepped up as a 'FIRST IN LAST OUT' organisation whenever a disaster has struck the nation. Our aircrafts are the life line of the nation & our nation is grappling with a situation never experienced earlier & this has a widespread impact on the economy. Businesses across sectors and geographies are disrupted due to mobility suspension."
He further added the (FC19-P) is an effective platform to offer a speedy and hassle-free experience, when dispatching & delivering testing kits, reagents, enzymes, medical equipment (ventilators), masks, respirators, surgical masks, gloves, & other items, some of which are manufactured by the MSME sector and delivering them to the point of consumption was a challenge for them.
Blue Dart observes huge volumes of traffic. During the year ending March 31, 2018, Blue Dart handled over 196 million domestic shipments, 0.92 million international shipments and over 697,000 tonnes of documents and parcels across the nation and 220 countries and territories worldwide.
With Coronavirus cases rising in India, Blue Dart has listed itself as a dedicated Medical air Cargo with the ministry of civil aviation.