DHL upgrades with 13 A300F conversions

DHL Express has announced a major modernization of its European air fleet to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The company has committed to the purchase of 13 Airbus A300- 600 passenger aircraft, which will be converted to freighter configuration by EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden, Germany. The first aircraft is scheduled to enter the conversion […]


DHL Express has announced a major modernization of its European air fleet to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The company has committed to the purchase of 13 Airbus A300- 600 passenger aircraft, which will be converted to freighter configuration by EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke in Dresden, Germany. The first aircraft is scheduled to enter the conversion line in early June, with arrival at DHL’s Leipzig Hub planned for October. The new aircraft will be fully integrated into the European fleet by early 2013 and will replace the older A300-B4-200 model, which is nearing retirement age. “The A300-600 is a very attractive mid-range aircraft and the perfect fit for our European air network,” said DHL Express managing director of Network Operations Europe, Bryan Jamison. “By introducing this aircraft now we can ensure continuously high reliability and on-time performance for the years to come, while we are also able to take a big leap ahead towards our goal of reducing our carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.” Compared to its predecessor, the A300-600 offers completely new and modern technology. With approximately 49 tonnes payload, it can carry up to five tonnes more than the A300-B4-200 while at the same time having a 900 kilometers longer range and with up to 20 per cent less fuel consumption, according to DHL. In addition, the aircraft has similar external dimensions and the same cross section and main deck cargo door as its predecessor, which means that DHL can keep current handling procedures and will avoid additional training for ground staff.