This year, DHL Express will be receiving six new Boeing 777F-200 cargo aircraft. The first plane arrived at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, its future base of operations, on the 20th of February.
DHL has ordered 14 Boeing 777F planes in 2018, of which 4 of them arrived in 2019, 6 will be received this year, and 4 will start their activity in 2021. DHL Express’s partner airline, Kalitta, will operate the current freighter. The renovation is part of the modernization process of the long-haul intercontinental fleet and replaces older planes. The new plane, the Boeing 777F, is equipped with the most up to date technology and features the longest range at the full payload of any widebody freighter aircraft, which will increase the efficiency while meeting the high global demand for express logistics service.
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, declared: “We’re excited to welcome more Boeing 777Fs to the DHL Express family this year. With the modernization of our intercontinental fleet, we can simultaneously enhance our proven ability to meet growing demand, improve our environmental footprint and deliver the best quality service to our customers. DHL has made its mark time and time again with innovative solutions and technologies. We are pleased to continue demonstrating to partners and customers alike how these advancements stand to elevate the entire express logistics industry while bringing us closer to achieving our Strategy 2025 goals.”
Regarding its Strategy 2025, DHL Express will concentrate on ‘e-commerce’ as the main growth driver and ‘efficiency’ for further increasing its profit. The B777F aircraft has the largest payload capacity of 102 tons and a range of 9,200 km. As John Pearson stated, the new planes are more fuel-efficient than older planes and they are reducing current CO2 emissions by 18%. DHL Express owns more than 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 3.000 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.
Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express said: “We expect further growth in cross-border e-commerce trade and, as a result, increased demand for our express logistics services and expertise in intercontinental deliveries. With the new Boeing 777Fs, we can increase our intercontinental connections while reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption. This enables us to continue to provide customers with the excellent quality they’ve come to expect from us while we work to expand our global services.”
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