DHL Express to take delivery of six new Boeing 777 freighters in 2020
DHL Express is receiving six new Boeing 777-200 freighters this year
DHL Express is receiving six new Boeing 777-200 freighters this year. The first of these planes landed at its future base of operations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, as part of its Strategy 2025 goals.
In 2018 DHL ordered 14 new Boeing 777 freighters, with four delivered in 2019, six to come this year and the remaining four to be taken into service in 2021. The current freighter will be operated by DHL Express' partner airline Kalitta.
The freighters have been purchased to modernise the long-haul intercontinental fleet of the courier company by replacing older aircraft. The Boeing 777F is equipped with fuel-efficient technology and features the longest range at full payload of any widebody freighter aircraft.
With a payload capacity of 102 tons and a range of 9,200 kilometres, the B777F has the largest capacity and range of all twin-engine freighter aircraft. They are also more fuel-efficient, reliable than older planes and reducing CO2 emissions by 18 per cent.
DHL Express operates 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on 3,000 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.
The new freighters aim to realise the goals of the company?s Strategy 2025, which focusses particularly on e-commerce activities and boost efficiencies to push up profits.
'We expect further growth in cross-border e-commerce trade and, as a result, increased demand for our express logistics services and expertise in intercontinental deliveries,' said vice-president Travis Cobb.
'With the new Boeing 777Fs, we can increase our intercontinental connections while reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption. This enables us to continue to provide customers with the excellent quality they've come to expect from us while we work to expand our global services.'