DHL Global Forwarding is deploying a second dedicated Boeing 747-400 Freighter to connect the US, Europe and Asia. The air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group is thus responding to strong growth in demand for air freight, chiefly for outbound services ex Asia and on the conventional transpacific route, fueled by almost all industries.
“Demand is currently exceeding supply mainly due to the large economies performing strongly. On major trade lanes volumes are high, but capacities are low – a trend that will continue. To increase our operational efficiency and to offer our customers the best-possible solution, we thus decided to create further capacities we have direct control over,” explains Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding.
With a capacity of up to 100 tonnes per flight, the aircraft provides significant and reliable freight space on the transpacific route e.g. from Wuxi, China to Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany. Re-routing the first around-the-world flight to Wuxi Airport as well, DHL Global Forwarding will offer twice weekly departures from Wuxi, China to Frankfurt-Hahn.
The increasing demand for air freight capacities on Asian routes is fuelled by all major industries. Specifically China’s electronics, electric motors, electrical and mechanical appliances as well as medical equipment companies are bolstering demand. The Middle Kingdom’s main export destinations are South Korea and Germany which are served by the new charter as well. However, because of the well-preforming global trade volumes are also increasing from the US and Europe.