The first of 14 new B777 Freighters ordered by DHL has commenced revenue service with its maiden flight to Bahrain (BAH).
On Saturday 25 May, the aircraft took off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), its home operating base for Bahrain on its maiden commercial flight. Operated by DHL partner Southern Air, the aircraft will shortly begin scheduled operations.
DHL says the replacement of the older intercontinental fleet with the most fuel-efficient and reliable freighter type allows DHL to meet the increasing global demand for express services. The older B747-400 freighters will be gradually replaced as the new models arrive, with another three B777 F scheduled for delivery this year.
The new B777 will strengthen DHL’s intercontinental services and connect major DHL hubs in Cincinnati, Leipzig, Hong Kong and others, it adds.
“The delivery of our first Boeing 777 Freighter marks an important milestone in our mission to overhaul our intercontinental fleet,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
This efficient, long-range and high-capacity freighter will enable us to serve even more markets with non-stop flights and significantly contributes to greater sustainability in line with our sustainability strategy ‘zero emission by 2050′”, Pearson adds.
With a payload capability of 112 tonnes and a range of 9,200 km, the B777F has the largest capacity and range of all twin-engine freighters and boast better fuel efficiency and reliability than older models, reducing CO2 emissions by 18 per cent versus the aircraft being replaced.
DHL Express operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 600 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.