Air Logistics suffers Indian setback

Air Logistics has suffered a setbackin its Indian operation due to the cancellationof A330 passenger services toMumbai by British airline bmi. The carrier suspended flights on theroute in early October when a serioustechnical problem was found on theA330-200 that it was using. That suspension became permanentin late October. That was bad news forAir Logistics, the […]


Air Logistics has suffered a setbackin its Indian operation due to the cancellationof A330 passenger services toMumbai by British airline bmi.

The carrier suspended flights on theroute in early October when a serioustechnical problem was found on theA330-200 that it was using.

That suspension became permanentin late October. That was bad news forAir Logistics, the global GSA arm ofChapman Freeborn, which launchedoperations in India in 2004 on the backof the bmi business, opening offices inDelhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Though the company also representsOcean Airlines of Italy on-line, plusRoyal Air Maroc and US Airways offlinein the country, Helmut Mair, AirLogistics’ group managing director,concedes that the operation now needsto find new clients. One possibilitycould be to route traffic from India viaDubai. Mair says opening an office inthe latter city is "definitely on the mapfor this year" and says feeding cargofrom the Subcontinent to carriers fortranshipment to Europe and the US ispart of the planning for this.

Air Logistics’ other major initiativein Asia ¨C to develop business inChina ¨C also seems to be making littleprogress. Last year, Mair was in talkswith a Hong Kong GSA about co-operation,but says this came to nothing."There is just nothing to report on theChina front," he says.

Back in Europe the picture is rosier.At the start of February, Air Logisticspurchased Scandinavian GSA WECO,giving it its first presence in Sweden,Denmark and Finland and filling thelast major gap on its European map.