DHL Express and Boeing have announced an order for eight additional Boeing 777 Freighters has been placed by the global logistics company. The new aircraft will help DHL renew its fleet and expand its international network to meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets.
Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in 2022, the deal also included options for a further four 777F aircraft. The logistics company already operates 777Fs, recently taking delivery of 10 new 777Fs after the company ordered 14 in 2018.
The new aircraft will allow DHL to meet its sustainability targets due to its fuel efficiency. The 777F is is the world’s largest, longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter with a range of 9,200 km. They can carry a maximum payload of 102,010 kg. This allows DHL Express to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on long-haul routes, resulting in the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.
Travis Cobb EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express said:
A highly efficient and reliable aviation network is key to our service capabilities enabling future growth,”
“We are committed to providing the highest quality and efficient services to our customers at the fastest possible transit times. At the same time, we are also committed to reduce our carbon emissions by modernizing our fleet with the most efficient aircraft type that is available in the industry”
“The Boeing 777 fits well into our intercontinental network and perfectly complements our sustainability goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”
Another reason behind today’s purchase is Boeing’s 2020 World Air Cargo Forecast which anticipates a significant increase in demand for new and converted freighters with a fleet growth of more than 60% over the next 20 years.
Today’s order follows the announcement that Atlas Air has ordered four 747-8 Freighters, which will bring a close to the 747 program over 50 years since it began.