Aryan Cargo awarded AOC
08 / 03 / 2010
INDIA’S long-delayed new international cargo airline – Aryan Cargo – has been awarded its air operator’s certificate (AOC).
The company intends to be a non-integrated carrier of goods providing airport-to-airport freight transportation services and has been granted bilateral rights of India with Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Thailand, UAE and UK to operate scheduled air cargo services.
Rishiraj Singh Dungarpur, executive director, said: “The grant of the AOC places us in a strong position to carve a niche for ourselves, both in the domestic and international market place. [It] heralds an exciting new phase in our growth.”
Of course, growth is relative.
The carrier recently announced that its launch was finally going ahead on 10 February. However, the date came and went and there has been no further word on its first commercial flight.
Managing director, Mukut Pathak, said: “Hopefully we will get our AOC on the 5th February. We will start with four leased A310 freighters and then from July onwards we’re expecting two MD-11s. Our first aircraft is expected on the 5th to fly on the 10th, the second will be delivered at the end of the month, the third at the beginning of March and the fourth at the end of April.”