DHL Express grows network with Southern Air deal

DHL Express is adding five B737-400 aircraft to expand its network within the Americas as part of a multi-year service agreement with ACMI provider, Southern Air.


DHL Express grows network with Southern Air deal


DHL Express is adding five B737-400 aircraft to expand its network within the Americas as part of a multi-year service agreement with ACMI provider, Southern Air. The five aircraft will be phased in during the first half of 2014, expanding the fleet already in place along key growing trade routes in the Americas, according to DHL. “Right now we are planning to get the first aircraft in service in early April and the last one by 1 August,” said Red Alexander, VP of Aviation for DHL Express Americas. Two of “There will be two aircraft based in Venezuela and three aircraft in the US” Current planned routes include flights from Caracas (CCS), Venezuela, to Barbados (BGI) and Trinidad and Tobago (POS) in the Caribbean, as well as from Caracas to Bogota (BOG), Colombia, and Panama (PTY). In the US, the new aircraft would add flights from the Cincinnati Hub (CVG) to several cities along the Northeast and Midwest, including Philadelphia (PHL), Hartford (BDL) and St. Louis (STL). DHL Express and Southern Air also recently announced a multi-year extension of their existing four-aircraft, around-theworld operation of the B777 Freighter.

“Southern Air continually strives to provide its growing, blue-chip client base with reliable, efficient, flexible solutions that best suit their needs,” said Southern Air’s chief executive officer, Daniel J. McHugh. “We highly value our collaboration with DHL and will continue to enhance our fleet and air cargo capabilities in order to offer DHL safe, reliable and fuel efficient air lift at competitive costs.” Southern Air voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the support of a majority of their key financial stakeholders in September 2012.