DHL Express has given one of its aircraft a special livery to thank essential workers who keep its operations and network in hubs and gateways across more than 220 countries and territories up and running. The B757F features a revised livery with a rainbow and ‘Thank you’.
The DHL ‘Thank you’ aircraft is being used as a normal network flight with the registration number G-DHKF and different destinations across Europe and beyond. Until now the aircraft has stopped in 23 different countries and 32 different gateways including Germany, UK, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Spain, and Morocco to name just a few. Further stops in Israel, Portugal and Austria are planned.
To spread the message even further and to engage colleagues, Network Operations Europe started “Rainbow & Heroes”, which is a campaign aimed at encouraging colleagues to share their best pictures of the aircraft in different facilities through Europe. To reach additional colleagues at the DHL aprons and inside the hubs and gateways a Unit Load Device (ULD) has also been labeled with a ‘Thank YoULD’ message.
This ULD is used for the transport of express shipments and will be flown through Europe, maximising its exposure. The DHL employees can also sign this container with a message to their colleagues from other hubs and gateways in the different European countries of DHL’s unique network.
“We’re excited to express thankfulness for our brave people, as well as all the courageous health care and nursing personnel who guarantee that our world can keep going in the current global crisis” says Alberto Nobis, CEO DHL Express Europe.
“Thanks to their efforts, we are able to maintain the stability of supply chains and critical infrastructure. With our special aircraft we want to emphasise our deepest gratitude and respect for their selfless actions and willingness to fight for a good cause.”
DHL Express says it has demonstrated the resilience of its intercontinental network and reliability with all hubs and gateways fully operational through the Covid-19 crisis to date.
With approximately one million Time Definite International (TDI) deliveries per day and an aircraft fleet of more than 260 dedicated planes, DHL Express has also moved time-critical deliveries of medical equipment as part of the fight against Coronavirus.
“We have unique people and a unique network,” comments Roy Hughes, executive vice president of Network Operations Europe. “We are proud of both as these assets are the crucial pillars for supporting our customers with highest quality services, in their daily business and to overcome any crisis. We will continue to work on keeping all of our operations up and running for our customers while maintaining our employees’ safety.”
Steven Hanisch, supervisor ramp at DHL Express Hub Leipzig (LEJ), adds: “We are all in this together and it is my job to support our customers in all situations as best I can and to keep operations running. Nevertheless, I am very pleased when our work is appreciated, especially in these uncertain times.”