Aryan Cargo launch date delayed to October 2008
Delhi-based logistics start-up Aryan Cargo Express has announced that it will now start cargo operations in October, not August as it had originally planned.
The decision follows a trend of delayed launches, as a series of Indian cargo carriers attempt to enter the market amidst challenging economic conditions.
With only Air India Cargo and Blue Dart Express providing cargo services in the subcontinent, there is certainly room for other players, although whether all of these will be successful is debatable.
Other start-ups include Flyington Freighters, Avicore, Quikjet and Deccan Cargo, and some experts have argued that consolidation may be inevitable.
"One of the biggest threats as a new start-up for us is the predatory pricing by established players on routes which we will operate," said Aryan Cargo's managing director Mukut Pathak.
In a situation where the industry is down and yields are under pressure, especially across Atlantic and across Pacific, due to American economic slowdown, the air cargo segment is growing in Asia."
Aryan Cargo's plan is to utilise international routes by connecting hubs such as Shanghai, Amsterdam and Tashkent with New Delhi using two leased Boeing 747-400F aircraft.
German firm Leisure Cargo and Malaysia's Abda Aviation have been lined up to provide cargo handling and forwarding assistance. "We expect that the established players will be seriously constrained to resort to any kind of predatory pricing on our routes without being forced to take a massive hit themselves," Pathak added.