Blue Dart Milestones

1983 :
Khushroo Dubash, Clyde Cooper, and Tushar Jani establish Blue Dart Courier Services with a capital base of Rs: 30,000. They forge ties with Gelco Express International U.K., and introduce India’s first international air package express service.

1984 :
Blue Dart Courier Services is the first carrier in India to provide domestic and international on-board couriers, a hub-and-spoke system and a 10.30 a.m. delivery service.

1988 :
Blue Dart Courier Services establishes real-time, on-line tracking for all international shipments.

1991 :
Blue Dart Express is registered as a private limited company, and introduces its economical logistics service option, Dart Surfaceline. It indigenously develops its domestic tracking system, COSMAT-ITM.

1992 :
Blue Dart Express Pvt. Ltd. connects its in-house domestic E-mail network, and sets up its employee satisfaction programme – Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS).

1994 :
Blue Dart Express Ltd. goes public with an equity offer of 2.55 million shares, at a premium of 14 times, worth Rs: 382.5 million . Blue Dart Express Ltd. launches Dart Apex (Domestic Air Package Express), a multi-modal, premium package delivery service, and COSMAT-IITM, an advanced system which includes track and trace. Blue Dart Aviation is registered as a public limited company and becomes the first private company to receive government permission for operation of cargo aircraft in India.

1995 :
Blue Dart Aviation acquires 2 Boeing 737-200 freighters and receives ATO permission. Blue Dart Express Ltd. develops its SMART (Space Management Allocation Reservations and Tracking) system for its aircraft, the first cargo management system in the country.

Blue Dart, Calcutta is proud to have the office inaugurated by Mother Theresa of the Missionaries of Charity, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

1996 :
Blue Dart Aviation launches India’s first jet express airline. Blue Dart Express Ltd’s turnover crosses the Rs: 1 billion mark, as it expands its domestic network by entering into strategic alliances in North, South and West India. Blue Dart Express Ltd. is the first express company in India to receive an ISO 9001 certification, and post its website on the internet.

1997 :
Blue Dart Express Ltd. signs agreements with leading international airlines for distribution of bonded cargo within its network. Blue Dart Aviation launches its domestic charter operations.

1998 :
Blue Dart Aviation develops India’s first Load and Trim software for its B737F flights. Blue Dart Express Ltd. launches SMARTBOX, its economical, packaged door-to-door product, and extends its delivery to over 1000 locations.

1999 :
Blue Dart Express Ltd. moves to its state-of-the-art Administrative, Technology and Operations Superhub, the Blue Dart Centre, at Mumbai. At close proximity to both the international and domestic airports and equipped with the latest technology, the Superhub has improved efficiency and increased load-handling capacity multifold. Blue Dart Express Ltd. Launches Power Dart 2000+, a software that provides customers free connectivity to its database, enabling customers to track and retrieve all information related to their shipments.

2000 :
Blue Dart Aviation acquires its 3rd aircraft on lease. The aircraft is scheduled for operations on the Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore sector. Blue Dart Express Ltd. also revamps its website replacing it with an interactive website to support e-trade and commerce and facilitate customer interface on the net.

2001 :
Blue Dart launches its 3rd aircraft operations on the Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore sector. The Civil Aviation Ministry requisitions Blue Dart aircrafts for relief operations into earthquake-battered Bhuj in Gujarat. Technology tools and customer software – MobileDart, On-Line Pick Up and ShipDart – are developed in-house and launched. Blue Dart declares 1:1 bonus shares. Blue Dart, Kolkata moves into heritage building, Kanak, its new premises inaugurated by Sr. Nirmala of the Missionaries of Charity.

2002 :
Blue Dart is re-certified as one of a handful of Indian companies to the new global ISO 9001 – 2000 standards for “Design, management and operations of countrywide express transportation and distribution service within the Indian Subcontinent and to international destinations serviced through multinational express companies”. Blue Dart ends its contract with Federal Express and signs a path-breaking Sales Alliance with the World’s No. 1 international air express company, DHL Worldwide Express. Blue Dart crosses 100,000 shipments per day.

2003 :
2003 – Blue Dart acquires its fourth Boeing 737 freighter. With a thrust on strengthening infrastructure, Blue Dart establishes twelve of its own offices in the South, delivering to an additional 198 locations, expands its hub at Bhiwandi and sets up a bonded warehouse in Mumbai. The company is selected a Superbrand from over 700 brands across 98 categories by a jury of eminent marketing and advertising professionals. The company celebrates its 20 years of service to the nation on 19th November 2003

2004 :
Blue Dart inducts its 4th aircraft into operation on 17th May 2004, connecting Hyderabad as its 6th Aviation Hub. Blue Dart acquires its fifth Boeing 737 freighter.

2005 :
DHL Express (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. completes the acquisition of 81.03% of the equity capital of Blue Dart Express Limited. Blue Dart continues to operate as an independent brand and provides a complete spectrum of domestic and international express services through synergies with DHL.

2006 :
Blue Dart launches its unique SMS based Mobile Tracking Service. A decade after its launch of India’s first domestic express airline, Blue Dart introduces the first Boeing 757 freighters in the Indian skies on the 1st June 2006 with 2 of these aircraft connecting the 5 major metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata. A second flight is launched from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad is the 7th airport connected to Blue Dart’s network.

2007 :
Blue Dart launches its fortified Ground Express Service. Dart Surfaceline with time bound deliveries and features like DOD (Demand Draft on Delivery), FOD (Freight on Delivery) and FOV (Freight on Value) – Insurance Arrangement.

Blue Dart inducts 3rd Boeing B757 freighters.

2008 :
25th year of operations in India.

First Integrated Blue Dart-DHL facility in Bangalore.

Blue Dart inducts 4th Boeing B757 freighter.

2009 :
A SUPERBRAND – 5th time in a row.

2010 :
Certified to the ISO 9001-2008 standards.

Readers’ Digest ‘Most Trusted Brand’ – 5th time in a row.

2011 :
Blue Dart launches Smart Truck.

Blue Dart launches GOGREEN Carbon Neutral Service.

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