DHL Express is expanding its current flight network to meet growing demands for express logistics services.
Serviced by new Boeing 777 freighters, the aircraft provider will offer more flight routes from the Asia Pacific to the US and Europe to expand its airfreight capacity and increase delivery speed due to an exponential growth in shipment volume.
The two aircraft will offer close to 2350 tons in total capacity each week.
Ken Lee, CEO at DHL Express Asia Pacific said the new routes would have a big effect on delivery speed.
“With the new routes, businesses and consumers from Australia and New Zealand can expect the transit time for their shipments to and from the US and Europe to improve as they look to expand their reach to the rest of Asia Pacific, the US and Europe,” he said.
“Shipment volumes into and out of the Oceania region have grown exponentially.
“Our investment in the new aircraft and dedicated flight routes with increased frequency signify our confidence in the region’s growth trajectory and equally demonstrate our commitment to facilitate global trade as the economy heals.”
Sean Wall, Executive Vice President Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express Asia Pacific said the growing demand for air freight was thanks to the ongoing e-commerce boom.
“E-commerce has taken the world by storm. The rapid growth of e-commerce will continue to demand higher efficiency and delivery speed from supply chains and airfreight transportation in the mid to long-term,” he said.
One of the freighters, operated by Kalitta Air, will be flying five times a week from the US to the DHL Express South Asia Hub in Singapore via Sydney.
From Singapore, the aircraft will make stops in Hong Kong and Japan before returning to the US.
Kalitta Air will also be operating a new flight route between Singapore and Sydney six times a week.
The other aircraft – operated by AeroLogic – will fly six times a week from Leipzig to Hong Kong and Singapore before making a stop at Bahrain and returning to Leipzig.
The two aircrafts will be scheduled to cross load in Singapore, placing a larger demand on the South Asia Hub due to its strategic location.