Chairman of the
airline representation company Global Group, H K Vithalani was awarded the
Rashtriya Udyog Ratan Award in Delhi for his contribution to the aviation
industry in India.
In an exclusive
response to Indian Transport & Logistics News (itln.in), he noted that the
Indian airfreight industry is leading the world cargo today, be it pharma,
machinery, garments, perishables or spares.
Our Indian skills are on par
with the best in the global industry
“I am not saying
that logistics leaders are only in India, but our Indian skills are on par with
the best in the global industry. This is evident in world forums, be it Munich,
Shanghai, the US or in Asia,” he said.
The Global Group
is into airline representation (cargo & passenger), transportation, travel
& logistics services to Indian and international clients.
Today with automation, things are done at the speed of light.
Regarding how the
air cargo industry is transforming he highlighted the importance of automation
and technology make the operations fast. “Back in the 70s, when I started
Global, most of the work was done on the telephone, typewriter, perhaps a
dictaphone and being hands-on at the airport. Today with automation, things are
done at the speed of light. The processes have become more refined and
efficient. Connectivity around the world has come at our fingertips. Not
forgetting communication that has achieved flash speed. There is automation
from reservations, bookings management, pricing, the flow of information, cargo
handling and loading onto the aircraft. Not just that, but once the cargo has
reached the destination, the same automation takes over for last-mile
delivery,” he said.’
In future, there will be less wastage in the paper
that in future, there will be less wastage in the paper, less harmful
emissions, a safe environment for future generations, alternate fuel for
aviation, simplified processes and lightning speed in transactions.
was the first Indian organization to be accredited as a GSSA agent by IATA.
Playing a role model itself was the reward
About his style of
doing business, achievements and regrets, he said “Making money or doing
business seemed secondary. Playing a role model, so important in the air
freight business, itself was the reward. My major achievements were taking the
whole business of an airline representation to such a peak that more and more
entrepreneurs, young and old, threw their hats in the ring.”
“I am proud to say
that my family and my team supported me in my vision to take this business to a
whole new level, thus making this a preferred profession in aviation. I have no
regrets in making a decision to change tracks, way back in 1975. If you ask me,
if I would change anything in the past, I would say a firm no. We made things
happen and set a new bar, every step we took. Some of it became industry
standard. I only wish in the future that this business evolves more to give
back to the society and the business community a very keen sense of
achievement,” he added.