EUROPE & CIS: DHL adds B767 freighters to trans-Atlantic

DHL Express has added the first of six 53.5 tonne capacity Boeing 767ER Freighters into its fleet replacing the shared capacity of its MD-11F aircraft that are currently in use through a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo. The new 767ERF aircraft will serve daily direct flights between the US and Europe, including daily direct flights […]


DHL Express has added the first of six 53.5 tonne capacity Boeing 767ER Freighters into its fleet replacing the shared capacity of its MD-11F aircraft that are currently in use through a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo.

The new 767ERF aircraft will serve daily direct flights between the US and Europe, including daily direct flights between DHL Express’ major European hub in Leipzig, Germany, and New York JFK, and a daily direct flight between DHL Express’ major international Americas regional hub in Cincinnati and the gateway in New York JFK to and from the East Midlands in the UK.

The six will be added between now and the end of 2012. DHL said its trans- Atlantic air express volume remained high despite the recent economic crisis and is expected to increase when the global economy has fully recovered. DHL quit the US domestic package delivery business at the end of January after running up heavy losses – including US$1.5 billion in 2008 alone – in an unsuccessful attempt to compete with incumbents FedEx and UPS.