Bharat J Thakkar, an innovative entrepreneur, has been closely involved in the international air cargo industry for over 40 years and has been responsible for many Â´firstsÂ´ in IndiaÂ´s air cargo industry, including bonded trucking and door delivery of cargo. He is Co-founder and Joint Managing Director of Zeus Air Services Pvt. Ltd. and is Immediate Past President and a Permanent Member of the Board of Advisors to Air Cargo Agents Association of India, the only national association representing the air cargo industry in India.
In 1976 Bharat organised the first international charter flight from Hyderabad to Doha, Qatar. In the late 1970s Madras faced shortage of air cargo capacity and against this backdrop, Bharat pioneered the concept of trucking cargo to Bombay from various factories in South India to cut down on dwell time and high airfreight cost. The market quickly copied this value added service and expanded it to other cities.
In 1986, Bharat started Zeus Air Services Pvt. Ltd. In 10 years, Zeus ranked among the top 10 air freight forwarders in India with branches in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Chennai, New Delhi, Pune, Tirupur and Tuticorin. Married with three adult children, Bharat resides in Mumbai.