DHL Express launches inaugural passenger-to-freighter A330-300

15:37 | 19/03/2018 Companies

(VEN) - DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, announced the launch of its new  Airbus A330-300 with 33% more freight capacity per flight. The aircraft landed in Ho Chi Minh City on February 20 and connects the fast growing markets of Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

This is the first of four A330-300 to join the DHL Express fleet under a new passenger-to-freighter (P2F) deal with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore Technologies Aerospace, flying six times a week.

With a gross payload of 61 metric tons, the A330-300 will provide additional high-volume, lower-density capacity in Asia Pacific, catering specifically to regional e-commerce activity which, in 2017, accounted for 40% of global e-commerce sales. Following its conversion from passenger to freight use, the A330-300 feature a range of upgrades including reinforcements to its fuselage, floor structure, and door frame shell; newly-installed safety barrier nets; and a powered cargo loading system.

“E-commerce is expected to generate US$1.365 trillion in total retail sales Asia-wide this year, a number that will more than double to $3 trillion by 2021, ” said Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific. “The introduction of the passenger-to-freight A330-300 marks a significant step forward in enhancing our service standards to match the evolving needs of our customers, e-commerce merchants and other businesses tapping into intra-Asia trade growth.”

The first A330-300 will serve markets with particularly high e-commerce trade volumes, including Vietnam, where the local e-commerce market is growing at 35% per annum.

“Yet there’s still immense upside despite the amount of growth so far. The new A330-300 will provide the cost-efficiency and high-volume capacity – carrying more than 20% extra cargo than other mid-range cargo aircraft – needed for businesses to take advantage of these intra-Asian opportunities.” said Sean Wall, Executive Vice President, Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express Asia Pacific

“The new freighter will enhance our capability to provide better service and better capacity for our customers in the Vietnam market. This new freighter, combined with the newly opened service center in Binh Duong last December, allow us to better support the growth potential we see in Vietnam. We will continue investing to expand our trade network and enhance our ability to deliver excellent service with simplicity in order to maintain our leading position in the Vietnam international express market.” said Mr. Shoeib Reza Choudhury, DHL-VNPT Express Ltd. General Director.