DB Schenker launches direct air freight service from Chicago to Sydney

DB Schenker has launched Direct Express – Australia –  a new weekly scheduled air cargo service from Chicago to Sydney, Australia.
The service offers direct 777-300 freighter service to Sydney, every Monday departing from Chicago.
With a payload over 102 metric tons, the 777-F provides more capacity than any other twin-engine freighter as well as being one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft effectively reducing carbon emissions as compared to most other aircraft currently in service.
Additional service features include:

  •  A 22:45 departure resulting in a late cut-off for shipment drop-offs
  • With a 12:05 Wednesday arrival in Sydney, shipments are Customs cleared with same-day connections for next-day delivery to most major markets in Australia
  • Cold chain storage operations in both Chicago, IL and Sydney, Australia
  • With the ability for block space agreements, shippers can get guaranteed lift during heavy or peak periods of the year
  • Shipments remain under DB Schenker’s single-source control
  • DB Schenker’s eSchenker web portal offers shippers 100 percent shipment visibility from pickup to delivery
  • A wide range of shipping solutions for heavy and outsized products


United Airlines fined $1 million

United Airlines has been ordered to pay more than $US1 million in fines by the US Department of Transport for making passengers wait on stranded planes for more than three hours at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last year.

The fine comes after new rules introduced in 2010 banned airlines for stranding passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours.

AAP reports the delays involved 13 United planes in July 13, 2012, a stormy day in Chicago which saw the disruption of many flights out of O'Hare.

"It is unacceptable for passengers to be stranded in planes on the tarmac for hours on end," US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement on Friday.

"We will continue to require airlines to adopt workable plans to protect passengers from lengthy tarmac delays and carry out these plans when necessary."

The department said the airline broke the three-hour rule by as much as an hour and 17 minutes, and failed to contact airport workers or other airlines for assistance.

The airline said it is "committed to complying with the tarmac regulations and we continue to improve or procedures while maintaining the safety of our customers and co-workers”.

The company will pay the US government $US475,000, while $US185,000 will be used to compensate affected passengers.

While US440,000 will go towards the acquisition and maintenance of a surveillance system to monitor the location of each of its planes on the airfield.

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