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Cargojet announces long-term strategic agreement with DHL

Cargojet Inc. announced today that it has entered into a new long-term strategic agreement with DHL Network Operations (USA) Inc., an affiliate of Deutsche Post DHL Group, for a term of five years with a renewal option for an additional two years, to provide air-transportation services for DHL’s global network.

The Agreement is expected to be meaningfully accretive to Cargojet’s earnings and cash flows over time and help Cargojet further diversify its portfolio of services in line with its previously announced strategic goal of achieving a balanced portfolio.

Under the Agreement, Cargojet will provide ACMI, CMI, charter, and aircraft dry lease services to DHL to support DHL’s international requirements for Europe and North, South, Central and Latin America, as well as Asia. Cargojet utilizes 12 freighters to service DHL’s current requirements.  DHL intends to add 5 additional Boeing 767-300 freighters during the 2022-23 timeframe to fulfill DHL’s anticipated network requirements. Additionally, DHL intends to be Cargojet’s inaugural launch customer for the state-of-the-art Boeing 777F wide body long-range cargo aircraft, which are expected to be deployed in late 2023 or early 2024.

In addition, to align interests and strengthen the long-term strategic relationship, Cargojet will issue to DHL warrants to acquire up to 9.5 percent of Cargojet’s outstanding voting shares (on a non-diluted basis as of the date hereof) at a price of C$158.92 per share (based on the 20-day volume weighted average trading price immediately prior to the date hereof) over a period of seven years, with vesting tied to the delivery by DHL of up to C$2.3 billion1 in business volume during the same term.

Singapore Airlines to operate Boeing 777F freighters for DHL

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has entered into a Crew and Maintenance agreement (CM) with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to deploy five Boeing 777 freighters. This agreement marks a further step in DHL Express’ expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets.

Mr Travis Cobb, Executive Vice President Global Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express, said: “With the deployment of five Boeing 777 freighters, we can expand our express service linking the Asia Pacific region with the Americas. Following the pandemic, we see good prospects for strong growth in trans-Pacific trade lanes. By collaborating with Singapore Airlines, we see a unique chance to establish a long-lasting relationship with a long time partner who shares common values and operates at the highest standard.”

Based at Singapore’s Changi Airport and serving DHL’s South Asia Hub there, the freighters, which will sport a dual DHL-SIA livery, will be operated by SIA pilots on routes to the United States of America via points in North Asia. SIA will also oversee the maintenance of these aircraft.

The initial agreement is set for more than four years with the opportunity for an extension. As part of the agreement, the first aircraft delivery will be in July 2022, with the second in October 2022. The remaining three aircraft are planned for delivery throughout 2023.

DHL Express continuously invests to meet steady growth in cross-border time-sensitive shipments. It operates over 320 dedicated aircraft across its global network of 220 countries and territories. The Boeing 777 freighters are the world’s largest, longest range, and most capable twin-engine freighters that also contribute to DHL’s sustainability goals, reducing CO2 emissions by 18% compared to the legacy Boeing 747-400s.

SIA’s cargo division operates to more than 90 destinations as part of its current network, which includes a fleet of freighters as well as the bellyhold space of the SIA and Scoot passenger aircraft. The airline recently ordered Airbus A350F freighters as part of its fleet renewal programme. SIA continues to invest in its cargo capabilities, capitalising on healthy demand fuelled by growth in e-commerce, fresh produce, and pharmaceuticals, among other segments.

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

Photo: Smartlynx Airlines Cargo (Malta) – DHL Airbus A321-212 (F) (PCF) 9H-CGA (msn 891) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955379.

New A321 freighter operating for DHL

Copyright Photo: Smartlynx Airlines Cargo (Malta) – DHL Airbus A321-212 (F) (PCF) 9H-CGA (msn 891) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955379.

DHL unveils a new gateway facility at Bologna Airport, delivers 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses

DHL on September 15, 2021 cut the ribbon on a new argo facility at Bologna, Italy. The facility will be used by DHL Express Italy.

The facility is served from the Leipzig hub via a daily flight.

The new facility can handle over 17,000 shipments per hour.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

In other news, DHL has announced 1 billion vaccine doses shipped to more than 160 countries in the fight against COVID-19 since December 2020.

COVID-19 has become the largest global health crisis in a century. Governments, NGOs, and public authorities have focused on containing the virus, accelerating vaccination programs to keep populations safe, and ensuring that economies recover quickly. Since the global vaccine campaign began in December 2020, DHL has safely delivered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 160 countries, playing a key role in the global vaccination roll-out.

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.