Category Archives: DHL

DHL and iAero Airways expand their partnership by adding an additional Boeing 737-800F

iAero Airways has expanded its service to operate a total of six DHL cargo aircraft.

The latest aircraft to be added, a Boeing 737-800F, will operate on an ACMI basis by iAero Airways while the other five existing aircraft are operated on a CM basis.

SmartLynx Malta will support the Express Division of Deutsche Post DHL Group with two Airbus A321-200 freighter aircraft

DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, and SmartLynx Malta announce the signing of a new partnership agreement for the introduction of two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighters joining DHL’s European air fleet.  The new technically advanced narrow-body fleet type is adding capacity to meet the increasing demand for express cargo transportation worldwide combined with further improving DHL’s unit Co2 emissions by introducing the most fuel efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class.

SmartLynx is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the  largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe, and has extensive experience operating the A321 family of aircraft. This agreement sets a new hallmark as SmartLynx’s Malta subsidiary enters into the freighter market.

Smartlynx Malta is planning to add two additional A321Fs during 2021 and up to four units during 2022, with a business target of becoming one of the largest narrow-body cargo freight carriers within the next three years.

DHL Express orders eight additional Boeing 777F freighters

DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider and Boeing have announced  that the global logistics company placed an order for an additional eight new Boeing 777 freighters. The investment marks a further step in DHL Express’ expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast growing international express shipping markets. First deliveries are scheduled for 2022.

“Although the current health crisis has pushed pause on several areas of life, global trade did not stand still,” says John Pearson, CEO at DHL Express. “Fueled by globalization, digitalization and the unprecedented demand of our customers during the recent peak season, our global e-commerce volume grew by more than 40 percent in Q4. With the order of eight new wide body freighter aircraft, we underline our conviction that e-commerce is an enduring megatrend. This is why we decided to act early and kick-off 2021 with this investment in our future.”

The world’s largest and most capable twin-engine freighter, the Boeing 777F supports future growth while providing outstanding reliability. Furthermore, the aircraft contribute to the committed sustainability goals due to their fuel efficient technology reducing CO2 emissions by 18 percent compared to the legacy Boeing 747-400s.

“A highly efficient and reliable aviation network is key to our service capabilities enabling future growth,” says Travis Cobb EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “We are committed to providing the highest quality and efficient services to our customers at the fastest possible transit times.  At the same time, we are also committed to reduce our carbon emissions by modernizing our fleet with the most efficient aircraft type that is available in the industry. The Boeing 777 fits well into our intercontinental network and perfectly complements our sustainability goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

The 777 Freighter is the world’s largest, longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter with a range of 9,200 km (4,970 nautical miles) and can carry a maximum payload of 102,010 kg (224,900 lbs). It allows DHL Express to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on long-haul routes, resulting in the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.

“DHL operates a powerful, international network that has taken great advantage of the 777 Freighter’s world-class range and efficiency for more than a decade. We are honored that DHL is placing another major order for the 777 Freighter to grow their business and feed their strong commitment to connecting people and improving lives through sustainable operations. This is especially true today given the critical role DHL plays in distributing COVID-19 vaccines and meeting the increased demand for express cargo,” said Ihssane Mounir, Commercial Sales & Marketing Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company.

Preceding the new order, DHL Express had already taken delivery of the first ten new Boeing 777F aircraft as part of an original order of 14 aircraft made in 2018. These timely deliveries ensured that DHL could accommodate customer’s unprecedented demand during the peak shipping season last year.

Boeing’s 2020 World Air Cargo Forecast anticipates significant increase in demand for new and converted freighters with a fleet growth of more than 60% over the next 20 years. This reflects in the growing demand for cross border time definite shipments DHL Express is experiencing. For this reasons both companies also agreed options and purchase rights for four additional planes.

With this step DHL Express underlines its long-term commitment as an enabler of trade around the globe. The company operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines with over 600 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.

DHL (EAT) adds Brussels – Miami freighter service

Miami International Airport made this announcement:

DHL subsidiary starts five weekly flights from leading European hub for meds and vaccines.

As preparations for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine continue worldwide, Miami International Airport welcomed on October 1, 2020 (top photo) the launch of more all-cargo flights from Brussels, Belgium – Europe’s leading hub for handling temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical (pharma) products such as vaccines. European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, began five weekly flights with Airbus A330-200F aircraft capable of carrying 65 tons per flight.

European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig’s LEJ hub:

EAT Leipzig’s new Brussels service follows launches by DHL Express and Amerijet, which began cargo flights between Brussels and MIA in March and April, respectively. Combined, the airlines now provide 13 weekly flights between the two pharma hubs. Brussels Airport and MIA were the first two airports in the world designated as Pharma Hub Airports by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and have been working on expanding their shared pharma route for the past decade. IATA’s Pharma Certification Program certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices.

Last year, MIA handled a total of $3.7 billion in pharma imports and exports, with Belgium ranking as one of MIA’s top 10 trade partners for pharma imports at $12.7 million. Belgium was also responsible for $30.9 million in pharma exports. Additionally, with 18% of MIA’s pharma imports coming from Europe and 80% of MIA’s exports going to Latin America and the Caribbean by volume, the new Miami-Brussels cargo flights adds more muscle to MIA’s already strong connections with its U.S., European, Latin American and Caribbean markets.

European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig’s routes from the LEJ hub:

Mesa Air Group signs five-year cargo contract with DHL Express, will add Boeing 737-400Fs

Mesa Air Group has made this announcement:

  • Adding two Boeing 737-400F to fleet
  • Five-year contract with service scheduled to start October 2020
  • Opening a new crew and maintenance base in Cincinnati

Mesa Air Group, Inc. has announced plans to begin providing air cargo service for DHL Express with Boeing 737-400F cargo aircraft.


Under the agreement, Mesa will operate two cargo aircraft from DHL Express Americas global hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for a five-year term. The company will lease the aircraft from DHL with the first scheduled to be in service this October.

Ethiopian and DHL Global Forwarding to partner

DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, have signed a new agreement to form a joint venture company – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd., to build the Leading Cargo Logistics provider JV company in Africa; the company will be based in Ethiopia and do business in the entire continent of Africa, enhancing Ethiopia’s logistics infrastructure and connections.

Ethiopian Airlines, which assumes a majority stake in this joint venture, will provide regulatory and operational support as DHL Global Forwarding establishes air, ocean, and road freight connections between Ethiopia’s main trade hubs and the rest of the world. Pramod Bagalwadi, a DHL veteran with over two decades of experience in management roles within the logistics industry, has been appointed to lead the new organization. This will be an additional portfolio for Pramod, who currently leads the Industrial Projects Team for DHL in Sub-Saharan Africa and a strategic business partner for the company in the region.

DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, today signed a new agreement to form a joint venture company – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd., to build the Leading Cargo Logistics provider JV company in Africa; the company will be based in Ethiopia and do business in the entire continent of Africa, enhancing Ethiopia’s logistics infrastructure and connections.

Ethiopian Airlines, which assumes a majority stake in this joint venture, will provide regulatory and operational support as DHL Global Forwarding establishes air, ocean, and road freight connections between Ethiopia’s main trade hubs and the rest of the world. Pramod Bagalwadi, a DHL veteran with over two decades of experience in management roles within the logistics industry, has been appointed to lead the new organization. This will be an additional portfolio for Pramod, who currently leads the Industrial Projects Team for DHL in Sub-Saharan Africa and a strategic business partner for the company in the region.

Photo: Ethiopian Airlines.

Boeing, DHL Express announce the purchase of 14 Boeing 777 Freighters

Boeing and DHL today announced that the leading international express carrier has placed an order and commitment for 14 Boeing 777 Freighters, and purchase rights for 7 additional freighters.

DHL Express also announced today an order for 14 Boeing 777 Freighters, which also includes options and purchase rights for 7 additional aircraft. The delivery of the first four planes is expected to be completed in 2019.

The $4.7 billion order agreement, at current list prices, was unveiled at the opening of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. A portion of the order was previously unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. When the full order is finalized, it will also appear on the website.

DHL was the first express operator in 2009 to introduce the 777 to perform long-haul time critical services. The aircraft type has proven to be the most reliable large freighter connecting the major markets across the globe, bolstering service quality for DHL’s express customers. The new order will double the size of DHL’s global 777 fleet, allowing more markets and customers to benefit from the uniquely capable aircraft.

“The 777 Freighter is an airplane perfectly suited to DHL’s needs, offering an outstanding payload capability, with incredible range to service its extensive intercontinental network and unmatched reliability,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister.

Global air freight demand grew by nearly ten percent last year with demand growth outpacing capacity growth by a factor of three. Expanding cross-border e-commerce sales for instance will grow to $4.48 trillion by 2021, which means a growth of 19.2 per cent per year. DHL’s investment in the 777 Freighters is a direct answer to the growing demand for global express capacity.

As the largest twin-engine cargo airplane in the world, the Boeing 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a cargo load of 102 tons.

DHL Express operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 600 daily flights across 220 countries.

Photo: Deutsche Post DHL Group. Left to right: Kevin McAllister CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ihssane Mounir, VP Sales & Marketing The Boeing Company, Dan Abraham, VP Sales Europe Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express, Charlie Dobbie, COO DHL Express, Mike Parra, CEO DHL Express Americas

Southern Air returns to Miami with new service to Hong Kong via Anchorage

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2002 (DHL)

On April 1, Southern Air (2nd) (Anchorage) will return to Miami and will begin weekly all-cargo service from Miami International Airport to Hong Kong via Anchorage. The new scheduled freighter flights will be served by Boeing 777F aircraft.

Hong Kong is MIA’s fourth-leading trade market in Asia, responsible for more than $500 million in freight annually. In 2017, MIA’s trade with the entire Asia world region was valued at $7.8billion – a 16-percent increase from $6.7 billion in 2016.

Southern Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, Inc., will become the sixth airline at MIA with all-cargo service from Asia, joining: Asiana Airlines (Seoul); Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong); China Airlines (Taipei); Korean Air (Seoul); and Polar Air (Seoul).

Copyright Photo: Southern Air (2nd)-DHL Boeing 777-FZB N714SA (msn 37988) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 908115.

DHL-Southern Air aircraft slide show:

DHL and Air Hong Kong extend their relationship with a new 15-year agreement, will acquire 8 additional A300-600F freighters

Air Hong Kong-DHL Airbus A300F4-605R B-LDC (msn 857) BKK (Ken Petersen). Image: 911858.

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has extended its partnership with AHK-Air Hong Kong Limited with a new 15-year block-space agreement which will enable the carrier’s overnight air services to continue supporting the DHL Express network until 2033.

As part of the new commercial arrangements, DHL will sell its 40% stake in Air Hong Kong to majority-owner Cathay Pacific, and purchase eight of Air Hong Kong’s A300-600F cargo planes which will then be leased back to the carrier. The new arrangement will provide a stable revenue stream to Air Hong Kong and a predictable cost base for DHL. The new agreement takes effect on January 1, 2019, replacing Air Hong Kong’s current agreement with DHL when it expires.

The new agreement will initially provide DHL with the same service and access to Air Hong Kong’s capacity as per the current agreement, but allows for greater growth and flexibility in aircraft deployment and route selection to support DHL’s express services in the Asia Pacific region. Air Hong Kong remains an important partner in DHL’s Asia Air Network that utilizes more than 800 daily flights to the United States, Europe and around the Asia Pacific region.

DHL Express recently also announced the expansion of its Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong, a dedicated and purpose-built air express cargo facility at the Hong Kong International Airport which services over 800 flights daily. The expansion will add an additional 8,000sqm of space as well as new technologies including automated X-ray inspection machines and material handling systems. The Central Asia Hub has seen shipping volumes grow 12% year-on-year for the past decade and already handles more than 40% of all DHL shipments in Asia Pacific. When operating at its full capacity, the annual throughput of the expanded CAH is expected to go up by 50% to 1.06 million tonnes per annum. The expanded CAH will handle six times more in terms of shipment volume than when it was first established in 2004.

Copyright Photo: Air Hong Kong-DHL Airbus A300F4-605R B-LDC (msn 857) BKK (Ken Petersen). Image: 911858.

DHL delivers the first A321 aircraft components for Airbus to Mobile, Alabama

DHL transport first A320 to Mobile

DHL Global Forwarding, Americas, has issued this statement:

DHL logo (LRW)

DHL Global Forwarding, the specialist for air and ocean freight at Deutsche Post DHL Group, shipped the first aircraft components to the newly built U.S. assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama from the Hamburg Finkenwerder Airbus plant in Germany. DHL Industrial Projects developed a multimodal transport concept for the European aircraft manufacturer. From the beginning of June 2015, large components of A320 family as well as 1,000 sea freight containers and additional air freight shipments, also including hazardous goods, crossed the Atlantic. Arriving into port on June 17, DHL transported the aircraft components within a total transit time of 29 days which was of critical importance since configuration and control of the final assembly processes at Airbus depended upon it.Airbus logo (large)

“Our Industrial Projects team created a plan, developed a concept and helped Airbus transport their aircraft components efficiently, effectively, and with no issues.”

“In order to successfully transport highly sensitive cargo, especially across great distances, it is critical to have a solutions-driven team of experts in place,” said Brian Lindholm, global head of business development, DHL Global Forwarding Industrial Projects. “Our Industrial Projects team created a plan, developed a concept and helped Airbus transport their aircraft components efficiently, effectively, and with no issues.”

The five different aircraft components with a maximum weight of thirty tonnes per section were transported on board a chartered ship using special sea transport frames and secured on roll trailers with twist locks. After arriving at the Port of Mobile and clearing Customs, the aircraft components were then loaded onto heavy-duty trailers with special cranes which will be transported a few miles to the new Airbus U.S. assembly plant in Mobile on Sunday, June 21.

For air freight shipments, both LD3 containers and consolidated shipments were used. Special legally required procedures were used for securing and transporting hazardous goods.

After the aircraft components are delivered, the sea transport frames and the air freight containers will be prepared for their return to Finkenwerder.

This is the first time DHL transports major components for Airbus.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Top Photo: DHL/Business Wire. The fuselage component for new Airbus A321-231 (msn 6512) for JetBlue Airways was delivered to Mobile, Alabama from Hamburg, Germany. Members of DHL Global Forwarding, Airbus, the International Longshoremen’s Association (Local 14010) and AMP Terminal employees pose in front of the fuselage of the first Airbus A320 aircraft to be assembled at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.