DHL, the world's leading international express services
provider, announced significant enhancements to its
intercontinental delivery capabilities, effective March 27,
2012. The launch of a new, additional round-the-world
flight connecting Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Leipzig will
create a unique service proposition on key trade lanes
between Asia and Western U.S. and Canada.
The transit time capability between Asia and Western U.S.
and Canada will be market-leading, with a greater number of
Asian origin locations, including key trade hubs Singapore,
Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila and a significant number
of cities throughout China benefiting from next-day
connection into Los Angeles and much of Western U.S. and
Canada. This represents the first time that customers in
many Asian cities will be able to enjoy a one-day express
delivery service with any carrier on this important
Thanks to a new onward connection from Los Angeles direct
to DHL's European air hub in Leipzig, Germany,
customers in Western U.S. cities including Los Angeles,
Phoenix, Portland, Reno, San Diego, San Francisco, and
Seattle will be able to order a pick-up from a DHL courier
up to 3 hours later for their European shipments.
Reduced transit times on some of the world's most
important trade lanes
Capacity and service reliability on this new route will be
enhanced by the introduction of three Boeing 777F
freighters, operated by Southern Air. DHL announced in
September 2011 that it had signed a multi-year agreement
with Southern Air Holding Inc. to operate B777F freighters
on intercontinental routes connecting the Americas, Asia
and the Middle East. The first of these round-the-world
routes - from Hong Kong to the Express hub in Cincinnati to
Bahrain and back to Hong Kong - is already in operation.
The additional freighters will bring the total number of
B777F freighters in DHL's global fleet to 12.
"The introduction of this new round-the-world flight
by DHL, The International Specialists, will bring
unrivalled benefits to our customers in all sectors in
Asia, Europe the U.S. and Canada, and deliver reduced
transit times on some of the world's most important
trade lanes," said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express.
"The additional capacity, range and reliability of the
Boeing 777F freighters, as well as the increased fuel
efficiency they bring to our fleet, will complement the
significant investments we have already made in our global
network over the last year and reinforce DHL's leading
position in international time definite delivery."
The B777F freighter is expected to burn around 20 to 25
percent less fuel and has a superior max payload range on
intercontinental routes, allowing more markets to be served
non-stop. The continued upgrade to more efficient aircraft
is in keeping with DHL's commitment to increase its
carbon efficiency by 30 percent in 2020.