DHL Express expands fleet capacity with four converted B767-300Fs
WORLD's leading express service provider DHL Express is to add four B767-300 Boeing converted freighters (BCF) as part of its efforts to continue modernising and growing its fleet
WORLD's leading express service provider DHL Express is to add four B767-300 Boeing converted freighters (BCF) as part of its efforts to continue modernising and growing its fleet.
DHL said the move was a step towards 'modernising its long-haul intercontinental fleet in order to fly eco-friendlier and more cost-efficiently'.
'We are excited to introduce additional B767 freighters to the DHL Express air network,' explains Geoff Kehr, senior vice president global air fleet management at DHL Express.
'The freighter type offers a proven versatility and we appreciate the opportunity to further enhance efficiency while simultaneously improving our environmental footprint.'
The 767-300BCF has virtually the same cargo capability as the 767-300F production freighter with approximately 50 tonnes structural payload at a range of approximately 5,556 km and 186,880 kg maximum take-off weight.
DHL Express expects further growth of cross-border e-commerce trade and, as a result, increased demand for intercontinental delivery services.
'With a burgeoning e-commerce sector and the continued lack of belly space in passenger aircraft, there could not be a more opportune time to add these freighters to the DHL Express air network,' said Sean Wall, executive vice president, Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Express Asia Pacific. 'The 767-300F is a proven model that we have operated across our global fleet for many years and it will continue to help us deliver excellence with greater efficiency and at a lower carbon footprint.'
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the rapid growth of e-commerce was expected to exert pressure on supply chains and the airfreight transportation space.
Since 2019, DHL Express has also added 14 B777Fs to replace older B747-400s. DHL Express operates more than 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 3,000 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.