DHL is planning to enhance its services in Asia, introducing additional widebody plane capacity for routes between Asia and the Americas and adjusting its intra-Asian network.
The changes will take effect later this month.
Among the changes is a daily, direct flight on a Boeing 747-400 freighter between the industrial city of Nagoya, Japan, and DHL’s hub in Cincinnati. This flight, which returns via Tokyo, will improve DHL’s next-day services between the countries. DHL officials are hoping to serve shippers in the United States, Canada, Mexcio and Latin America with the return flight.
The company will also increase its widebody freighter services from Japan to Australia from two to four times a week using B767-300ERF planes. This route, according to officials, will reinforce the U.S-Australia trade lane. Finally, DHL will add a wide-body flight from Taipei to Nagoya, routing through Incheon, South Korea.
All of the new flights will be operated by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.
“DHL is constantly seeking to optimize its global network in order to deliver additional value for our customers,” DHL’s Charlie Dobbie said in a statement. “With the launch of our North Asia hub, the expansion of our Americas hub in Cincinnati and significant investments in our intercontinental air fleet in 2012, we significantly reinforced DHL’s high quality service proposition for customers trading between the Americas and Asia. The latest changes build further on this platform.” - Jon Ross