DHL renews intercontinental aircraft fleet

As part of its fleet renewal plans, DHL Express has taken delivery of the first of six new Boeing 777F-200 cargo aircraft. This one is to fly out of its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport hub (KVG).

Six new Boeing 777Fs are on order for delivery this year to DHL Express. The aircraft are some of the most efficient intercontinental cargo aircraft and have the longest range at full payload of any wide-body freighter plane. The new aircraft that was delivered to KVG is to be operated by partner airline Kalitta.

“We’re excited to welcome more Boeing 777Fs to the DHL Express family this year,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “With the modernisation of our intercontinental fleet, we can simultaneously enhance our proven ability to meet growing demand, improve our environmental footprint and deliver best quality service to our customers. DHL has made its mark time and time again with innovative solutions and technologies. We are pleased to continue demonstrating to partners and customers alike how these advancements stand to elevate the entire express logistics industry while bringing us closer to achieving our Strategy 2025 goals.”

The delivery company say that mile for mile, the Boeing 777F reduces CO2 emissions by 18%, has a payload capacity of 102 tons and a range of 9200km. Much of the new aircraft’s work will be carrying e-commerce parcels.

“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,” says Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “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.”