IX is scaling up its cargo operations to help farmers and traders transport perishable items
These are tough times. The challenges posed by this extraordinary situation require innovative response from each one of us. When the pandemic- induced crisis started to disrupt shipments of perishables, causing loss to farmers and traders, we decided to ramp up our daily cargo operations.
To meet the demand, we rolled out a new initiative “cargo-in-cabin”, with the help of our Boeing-737-800 fleet. Under this initiative, IX transports agricultural products, mainly fruits and vegetables in its international departure flights across the country.
Air India Express operated 72 such cargo-only flights between 20th April and 25th May 2021 to ship agri produce like fruits and vegetables, the most sought-after items among the Non-Resident Indians. More such flights are being planned under the cargo-in-cabin initiative.
The exported products were mainly fruits such as mangoes, Indian varieties of bananas and vegetables. Around 2000 tons of fruits and vegetables were carried by the flights in May alone.
Besides helping rural farmers, traders and NRIs, the service aims reduce the stress on the supply chains caused by the pandemic situation.
Charters are available for cargo carriage
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