All smiles as IGAT takes on VEX for Virgin

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a new and extended general sales and service agency (GSSA) contract to InterGlobe Air Transport (IGAT) in India.
Extending its 12-year working partnership with Delhi-based IGAT for cargo sales, IGAT now also handles the airline’s VEX courier express product, taking over from Patel On-Board Couriers.
Virgin Atlantic’s vice president sales for Asia Pacific and China, Neil Vernon, said: “As well as carrying a wide range of shipments from India to major regions of the UK and Ireland, our fast connections over London mean customers in India also use Virgin as their preferred carrier to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington and Atlanta and we expect to see these volumes increase as a result of the improvements in the US economy.
"We wish to acknowledge the great support we have received from Patel On-Board Couriers in India in selling our courier service since 2009 and wish them every success in the future.”
IGAT’s national cargo manager, Aminder Singh Bal, added that the extended contract would give greater synergy for growing the airline’s business in India.
Virgin Atlantic has 14 tonnes of cargo capacity a day on its daily Airbus A330 flight from Delhi to London Heathrow, with regular shipments including garments and handicrafts, carpets, perishables, medical goods, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and electrical equipment, as well as personal effects.
Freight for the Delhi flights mainly originates from India’s manufacturing hubs such as the National Capital Region (NCR) and areas such as Kanpur-Badohi, Agra, Moradabad, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Panipat and industrial belts in states such as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
However, Virgin will withdraw its Mumbai route, reintroduced in 2012, at the end of January as part of a route review as the carrier seeks to restore its profitability.
“We are extremely grateful to the customers that have supported us in Mumbai for the last two years and we look forward to continuing to work with some of these companies who also fly their cargo with Virgin Atlantic out of Delhi,” added Neil Vernon.
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