"By expanding our airline platform, we are not just adapting to changing regulations, but also preparing our European network for further growth", explains Roy Hughes, EVP Network Operations Europe at DHL Express. "To meet the high demand of our customers for cross-border Express deliveries we take these measures to continue providing them with sufficient Express capacity. With the planned structure, we will achieve both, a flexible and even more resilient airline network in Europe and a better global integration by increasing our intercontinental flights."
DHL Express recently reported its strongest quarter in its over 50 year company history. Driven by the worldwide E-commerce boom, the company was able to increase the volume of its Time Definite International shipments (TDI) by more than 25% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Looking forward, further E-commerce growth is expected due to accelerating digitalization of the B2B sector and a significant increase of business purchases on online platforms, resulting in boosting demand for international express shipments.
To respond to this growth and to continue offering its customers fastest transit times for their cross-border deliveries, DHL Express is remodeling its East Midlands based airline, DHL Air UK. Focusing on intercontinental services, DHL Air UK will increase flights between the UK, the Americas region and Asia. In this context, the fleet will be expanded by adding more B767s and introducing new B777F aircraft. The plan is for DHL Air UK to commence its B777 operations in early 2022.
"The United Kingdom has always been a crucial gateway to the world. With an increasing demand in international time definite deliveries this is today more valid than ever", explains Tom Mackle, Managing Director at DHL Air UK. "The expansion of our intercontinental Express fleet in the UK by adding new B777s, the most modern and efficient freight aircraft, underlines our engagement and our commitment to meet changing customer needs, to continuously deliver excellent services and to also improve our carbon emissions footprint."
Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group