DHL Express orders new Boeing freighter aircraft

DHL Express has placed an order for eight new Boeing 777 freighters. This is part of the international express delivery company’s investment in its intercontinental air freight market to meet customer demand. The first aircraft will go into service early 2022.

“Although the current health crisis has pushed pause on several areas of life, global trade did not stand still,” says John Pearson, CEO at DHL Express. “Fuelled by globalisation, digitalisation and the unprecedented demand of our customers during the recent peak season, our global e-commerce volume grew by more than 40 percent in Q4. With the order of eight new wide body freighter aircraft, we underline our conviction that e-commerce is an enduring megatrend. This is why we decided to act early and kick-off 2021 with this investment in our future.”

The B777 is the world’s largest twin-engined freighter and has the greatest range of 4970 nautical miles, and can carry a payload of up to 102,010kg. It has 18% lower emissions than the B747-400s it replaces.

“A highly efficient and reliable aviation network is key to our service capabilities enabling future growth,” says Travis Cobb EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “We are committed to providing the highest quality and efficient services to our customers at the fastest possible transit times.  At the same time, we are also committed to reduce our carbon emissions by modernising our fleet with the most efficient aircraft type that is available in the industry. The Boeing 777 fits well into our intercontinental network and perfectly complements our sustainability goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

“DHL operates a powerful, international network that has taken great advantage of the 777 Freighter’s world-class range and efficiency for more than a decade. We are honoured that DHL is placing another major order for the 777 Freighter to grow their business and feed their strong commitment to connecting people and improving lives through sustainable operations. This is especially true today given the critical role DHL plays in distributing Covid-19 vaccines and meeting the increased demand for express cargo,” said Ihssane Mounir, Commercial Sales & Marketing Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company.

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