DHL Express is receiving six new B777F-200 freighters this year, with the first of these planes landing last week at its future base of operations, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
In 2018 DHL ordered 14 new B777F, with four delivered in 2019, six to come this year and the remaining four to be taken into service in 2021. The current freighter will be operated by DHL Express’ partner airline Kalitta Air.
The renewal is part of the overall modernisation of the long-haul intercontinental fleet of the courier company and replaces older aircraft.
“We’re excited to welcome more Boeing 777Fs to the DHL Express family this year,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “With the modernisation of our intercontinental fleet, we can simultaneously enhance our proven ability to meet growing demand, improve our environmental footprint and deliver best quality service to our customers.
“DHL has made its mark time and time again with innovative solutions and technologies,” Pearson continues. “We are pleased to continue demonstrating to partners and customers alike how these advancements stand to elevate the entire express logistics industry while bringing us closer to achieving our Strategy 2025 goals.”
In the centre of its Strategy 2025 DHL Express focusses particularly on ‘E-commerce’ as a growth driver and ‘efficiency’ for further increasing its profit. With a payload capacity of 102 tonnes and a range of 9,200 km, the B777F has the largest capacity and range of all twin-engine freighter aircraft. They are also more fuel-efficient, reliable than older aircraft and reducing CO2 emissions by 18 per cent.
“We expect further growth in cross-border e-commerce trade and, as a result, increased demand for our express logistics services and expertise in intercontinental deliveries,” says Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express.
“With the new Boeing 777Fs, we can increase our intercontinental connections while reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption. This enables us to continue to provide customers with the excellent quality they’ve come to expect from us while we work to expand our global services.”
DHL is spending USD 108 million to expand its cargo hub at CVG, where Amazon decided to build its next air cargo hub with a USD 1.49 billion investment.
DHL Express operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 3,000 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.