DHL Express has made this announcement:
In anticipation of the upcoming e-commerce peak season where DHL Express expects orders and sales to rise significantly, the world’s leading international express service provider has expanded its airfreight capacity within Asia with a newly converted Boeing 737-800 freighter.
Operated by K-Mile Asia, a partner of DHL, the new aircraft offers a total gross payload of close to 140 tons weekly as it travels six times a week from Hanoi to Hong Kong and Bangkok before making its return to Hanoi. This is a 30 percent increase in capacity carried previously by the Boeing 737-400SF freighter, enabling better preparation and response to the anticipated growth in shipment volumes in the coming months.
The expanded capacity and increased flight frequency from five to six times per week will equally enable businesses and consumers from the three markets to capitalize on the growth in trade opportunities within Asia, as they benefit from quicker deliveries and shorter transit times.
The new Boeing 737-800 aircraft connecting Bangkok, Hong Kong and Hanoi joins three other aircraft in the fleet that concurrently and collectively serve Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Jakarta.
K-Mile Air, operating as K-Mile Asia, was established in 2004 as Thailand’s first express freight airline. Our initial operations began in 2006 with a Boeing 727 freighter between BKK and SIN. The fleet subsequently expanded to 3 such aircraft. These aircraft have since been retired in 2013.
In March 2014, Farnair Switzerland took a 45% stake in K-Mile Air. Since then ASL Aviation Holdings has taken over ownership of Farnair and has been a valuable partner with extensive domain expertise. ASL is a global aviation services provider with operations on 6 continents and a fleet of 140 aircraft in 6 airlines in Europe, South Africa and Asia.
Our Boeing 737-400SF operations were launched in July 2014 and continue to cater to the growing intra-Asia airfreight.
Our current scheduled routes include:
- HAN-HKG-BKK-HAN / 5 rotations per week / since Nov 2014
- PNH-BKK-SIN-BKK-PNH / 5 rotations per week / since Apr 2016
- CGK-SIN-CGK (as an extension to the above route from SIN)/ 4 rotations per week / since Feb 2017
Our airline is managed and operated by a team of highly experienced aviation professionals, based at our offices at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. K-Mile remains the only Thai freighter airline, with most of our business focused on air operations for express integrators and charter services across Southeast Asia.
Demand for connecting major cities within Southeast Asia is ever increasing, as is demand between Southeast Asian cities and major cities within China. K-Mile Air has a competitive advantage to best support this growth in trade and cross border e-commerce.