DHL Express Mena has announced the expansion of its regional aviation fleet with the addition of seven new Boeing 767-300F freighters. The company will take delivery of the freighters in a phased manner, starting this month and gradually during the course of the year.
The planes, which will be based out of DHL’s regional aviation headquarters in Bahrain, have been converted from passenger to freighter configuration by Boeing. , to fit the needs of DHL Express and meet the rising demand for express services. The new freighters will increase DHL’s overall load capacity by over 33%, and will be used to service existing high-demand lanes across the GCC, extended Middle East, Africa & Indian Subcontinent.
“This investment reiterates our focus on continuously deploying innovative solutions and technologies to meet customer demands, ” said Nour Suliman, CEO of DHL Express Mena. “Based on our performance in 2020, where we saw historic peaks in cross-border eCommerce volumes both globally and in the region, we anticipate this trend to continue, and our enhanced air capacities will enable us to handle the increased demand for delivery expertise in time-definite express shipments.”
The planes offer a 24% increased payload and are fitted with Winglets, resulting in a 5% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, as compared to the B767-200F, enabling DHL to fly eco-friendlier and more cost-efficiently.
“The new aircraft will greatly contribute to enhancing our reach and service across key markets in the region such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, East Africa and on our Asian lanes amongst others,” said Richard Gale, Head of DHL Aviation Middle East and Africa. “The freighter type is one of the world’s most efficient, and boasts the lowest direct operating costs and best payload configuration, making it an ideal fit in the midsized freighter market. ”
The average aircraft age of the B767-300F fleet acquired by DHL is 18 years, almost 20 years younger than DHL’s current B767-200F fleet. In the past six years, DHL has increased international flights to over 175 per week and almost doubled its regional aviation touch points.
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