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DHL Express orders nine more 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF)

DHL Express (DHL) and Boeing today announced that the logistics company placed a firm order for nine more 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF). Representing their largest single 767-300BCF order to date, the additional freighters will help expand DHL’s long-haul intercontinental fleet in response to increased global demand for cargo capacity.

(Photo credit: Boeing)

DHL has taken delivery of seven of a batch of eight 767-300BCF, that have been leased to DHL partner airlines in the Middle East and Latin America to support its expanding regional networks.

The 767-300BCF is the world’s most efficient medium widebody converted freighter and can carry up to 51.6 tonnes (113,900 pounds) up to 6,190 kilometers (3,345 nautical miles). 767 Freighters provide the lowest operating costs per trip with excellent payload and range capability.

In other news, the Group will invest around EUR 60 million to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for its East Midlands Hub in the UK until mid-2022.

This announcement was made:

As part of the COP26 climate conference, Deutsche Post DHL Group has announced a further step towards introducing climate-friendly aviation logistics. The Group has agreed a new partnership with Neste1 to supply the DHL Express division with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the UK’s East Midlands Airport. In total, DHL will purchase SAF for more than EUR 60 million by mid-2022, reducing around 70,000 tons of CO2. This is a first step for the Group to reach its ambitious 2030 target of meeting at least 30 per cent of its fuel needs in aviation through sustainable fuels.

Neste will be the SAF’s main supplier to DHL Express at East Midlands Airport, supplying the company with the innovative new fuel. The renewable part is produced from Used Cooking Oil (UCO), while avoiding palm oil. The investment will enable DHL to transport 1,500 tons of air freight weekly in a more sustainable way from the UK on around 165 European and 35 intercontinental flights.

Furthermore, DHL Express is making use of the Renewable Transport Fuel Certificate (RTFC) incentive program. Schemes like the RTFC provide support to ramp up SAF in the market, which the Group highly welcomes. The company already introduced SAF in San Francisco (SFO) and Amsterdam (AMS) and plans to equip more airports with SAF this year.

Neste will be the main supplier

DHL Air takes Djala and family back to the wild

DHL Air (UK) (East Midlands) is the official air transport of the Aspinall Foundation’s “Back to the Wild” campaign to transport a western lowland gorilla family from the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to Africa. The cargo airline has decorated this Boeing 767-300 freighter with these special markings for the special transport.

The Foundation issued this statement:

The family is headed by Djala, a 30 year old silverback (below).

DHL Air (UK) Djala (gorilla)(LR)

As a baby Djala was rescued from Africa and flown to the safety of Port Lympne where he has become one of the largest silverbacks in captivity, weighing 200kgs and fathering a total of 15 offspring. 

The family’s journey is part of The Aspinall Foundation’s Back To The Wild Campaign in conjunction with Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, and has been made possible by generous gifts from supporters of the charity, our partner DHL and the Gabonese Government.

But we still need your help to continue sending animals like Djala and his family ‘Back To The Wild’.

For more information: CLICK HERE

Gorilla-Back to the Wild logo


Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Air, issued this statement:

Last year we undertook a very special request to transport three critically endangered black rhino from The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to a protected reserve in Tanzania.  Not something we do normally but, hey, this is DHL. So we did it.

Very soon we’ll be providing another essential service to protect a threatened cohabitant of our planet: moving a family of critically endangered western lowland gorillas from The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to Africa as part of the ongoing and ambitious conservation initiative, created by The Aspinall Foundation – Back To The Wild.

This move is extra special as the “big daddy” was orphaned in Africa 30 years ago and is finally going home – with his family.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/ DHL Air’s Boeing 767-3JHF ER G-DHLH (msn 37806) arrives at Brussels with the special “Djala’s Journey Home-Gorillas in Transit-Aspinall Foundation” markings. The aircraft arrived from Cincinnatti and departed for Lagos, Nigeria.

DHL Air (UK): AG Slide Show


DHL Air places first two 767-300Fs in service

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

DHL Air (East Midlands) inaugurated Boeing 767-300 ERF freighter service on September 22 between Leipzig and New York (JFK) with the first two (of six) new 767-3JHFs (G-DHLE and G-DHLF).