DHL Express is planning to launch a new airline to serve the European market.
First of all, DHL Express wants to launch a new cargo airline in Austria. At the moment, they are working on it with the Austrian authorities. The airline will operate intra-European flight services, using a fleet of B757 freighter aircraft which are to be transferred from DHL Air UK. Also, DHL Air UK will develop into its new role as an intercontinental airline, expanding its B767 operations and adding new B777Fs into its fleet. DHL Express plans to strengthen its air network platform with the new airline, ensuring flexible and resilient air cargo capacity to support its customers’ increasing express shipping needs.
Roy Hughes, EVP Network Operations Europe at DHL Express, declared: “By expanding our airline platform, we are not just adapting to changing regulations, but also preparing our European network for further growth. To meet the high demand of our customers for cross-border Express deliveries we take these measures to continue providing them with sufficient Express capacity. With the planned structure, we will achieve both, a flexible and even more resilient airline network in Europe and a better global integration by increasing our intercontinental flights.”
The company recently declared that it has been its strongest quarter in the company’s history. Due to the growth of E-commerce, the company was able to increase the volume of its Time Definite International shipments (TDI) by more than 25% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The demand for international express shipments will increase even more due to the significant increase in business purchases on online platforms.
In response to this growth and to continue with the same standard of service for their cross-border deliveries, DHL Express is upgrading its East Midlands-based airline, DHL Air UK. As the UK is considered an important gateway to the whole world, DHL Air UK will increase flights between the UK, the USA, and Asia. In this context, the fleet will be expanded by adding more B767s and introducing new B777F aircraft. The plan is for DHL Air UK to commence its B777 operations in early 2022.
Tom Mackle, Managing Director at DHL Air UK, explained: “The United Kingdom has always been a crucial gateway to the world. With an increasing demand in international time-definite deliveries, this is today more valid than ever. The expansion of our intercontinental Express fleet in the UK by adding new B777s, the most modern and efficient freight aircraft, underlines our engagement and our commitment to meet changing customer needs, to continuously deliver excellent services, and to also improve our carbon emissions footprint.”
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