DHL Express orders 14 new Boeing 777 freighters

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July 17, 2018: DHL Express meets growing demand for global express capacity with an order for 14 Boeing 777 freighters, which also includes options and purchase rights for 7 additional aircraft.

These aircraft that were ordered at Farnborough International Airshow, will reduce CO2 emissions by 18 percent versus the aircraft being replaced. "This will help us to contribute to greater sustainability in line with our climate protection target which is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050," said DHL Express through a statement in a press release. 

Overall, these 14 intercontinental plane replacements are capacity neutral, but operational wise with significant cost, efficiency and reliability benefits.

“The acquisition of the 14 Boeing airplanes reflects a gradual replacement of our older intercontinental fleet. As the most fuel-efficient, most reliable freighter type with the best long-haul range, these aircraft will contribute to our emissions reduction targets and allow us to serve even more markets with non-stop flights. DHL was an early adopter of this type of aircraft for the logistics industry and took delivery of the third B777F produced by Boeing in 2009. With extensive experience operating this freighter type, it has proven to be superior in all aspects of operation making it a logical choice,” explains Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express.

The B777 freighter is the largest twin-engine cargo airplanes in the world, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a cargo load of 102 tonnes. The delivery of first four planes is expected to be completed in 2019

DHL Express operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on over 600 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.

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