AI targets 15 pc market share by 2010

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Mumbai, Apr 25 (UNI) After increasing its market share through formation of three cargo strategic business units, flag carrier Air India plans to capture 15 per cent market by 2010.

AI commercial director Anita Khurana told UNI that the airline has increased its market share ex-Delhi.

AI, placed 9th at the time of merger when SBU was created, has gradually improved its ranking, moving to fourth position in January and achieved first position in March.

AI commands market share of seven per cent in terms of export cargo carried from Delhi.

She said Air India has also launched cargo incentive schemes for its cargo agents.

When asked about the competition that they would get from Jet and Air Deccan cargo services, she said competition is always exciting as ''we are always on toes''.

Right now, eight aircraft are being used for cargo services and expected to take tally to 11 in two years.

He said Nagpur is becoming a hub for the cargo coming from all the four metros and from there, it would be distributed.

She said Indian postal service, which is already working in tandem with Air India, is showing more interest to enhance its cooperation. The Indian post was interested in connecting many of the Indian cities by 2010, she added.

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