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DHL Express adds air freight capacity to its Asia Pacific routes

GERMAN parcel delivery giant DHL Express will now offer 2,350 tons of air cargo capacity every week in response to an exponential growth in ecommerce, said a company statement

12 April 2021 - 19:00
GERMAN parcel delivery giant DHL Express will now offer 2,350 tons of air cargo capacity every week in response to an exponential growth in ecommerce, said a company statement.

'E-commerce has taken the world by storm,' said DHL Express Asia Pacific vice president Sean Wall. 'The rapid growth of e-commerce will continue to demand higher efficiency and delivery speed from air freight.'



Cross-border e-commerce in Asia Pacific continues to be a strong growth driver for DHL Express, said the Bonn-based company. Estimated to reach US$2.5 trillion by 2024, online retail in Asia Pacific is expected to get a boost as shoppers become increasingly comfortable with online shopping, DHL said.



Powered by the new Boeing 777 freighters, the flight routes will offer close to 2,350 tons in total capacity every week, enabling DHL Express to expand its air freight capacity and increase delivery speed, in response to an exponential growth in shipment volume.



Additional flight routes will shorten transit times and cater to the exponential growth in shipment volume, said the press release.



Operated by DHL Express' partner airline Michigan-based Kalitta Air, one of the aircraft is flying five times a week from the United States 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. In addition, Kalitta Air will operate a new flight route that plies between Singapore and Sydney six times a week.



The other aircraft - operated by Leipzig-based AeroLogic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo - will fly six times a week from Leipzig to Hong Kong and Singapore before making a stop at Bahrain and returning to Leipzig.



By scheduling both Kalitta Air and AeroLogic flights to cross load in Singapore places a growing significance of the South Asia hub, which serves as a conduit for Oceania customers looking to expand their reach to the rest of Asia Pacific, the US and Europe. The new dedicated flights and aircraft will also help to strengthen DHL's service offerings, and facilitate cross-border commerce as it leverages the South Asia hub's strategic location in Singapore.



Said DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO Ken Lee: '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.'




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