DHL Gets First A330P2F - Offers New Booking Tool

The integrator becomes the first operator of Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter converted aircraft. The jetliner can carry up to 62 metric tons over a distance of 6,760 kilometers (3,650 nautical miles).
Also, Deutsche Post-DHL logistics arm Global Forwarding has introduced a quotation and booking service for general cargo.

Fist A330-300P2F converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke  -  photo: EFW
Fist A330-300P2F converted by Elbe Flugzeugwerke - photo: EFW

DHL Express has placed a firm order for eight A330-300P2F units, with options for receiving an additional 10, at Dresden, Germany-based converter Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between Singapore’s ST Aerospace and aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Geoff Kehr, SVP, Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express, said on the occasion of the delivery of the first aircraft that the freighter is scheduled “to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network.” It brings added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where express volumes are growing very dynamically.

Angelos Orfanos of DHL-GF
Angelos Orfanos of DHL-GF

Ideal freighter for high volume and low density shipments
Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW said in his introductory remarks that “this delivery marks a milestone in EFW´s history. It also showcases the synergy formed by the deep operational and engineering expertise between EFW and parent company, ST Aerospace.” He went on to say that “as the most modern converted freighter in the industry, the A330-300 P2F will support operators well with Fly-By-Wire-technology and 26 full container positions on the upper cargo deck.”
Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Aerospace stated that “the delivery of our first A330-300P2F is a good start to the conversion programme. We are confident the freighter will serve DHL well, and we look forward to the next redelivery in early 2018.”
The A330 conversion program comprises two variants – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. The latter is particularly suitable for serving the international express B2B and e-commerce cargo markets, which typically have a higher volume and lower density, states EFW in a release.  

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DHL GF offers new quotation and booking tool
Deutsche Post-DHL logistics arm Global Forwarding has introduced a quotation and booking service that provides an immediate rate for general cargo air freight weighing up to 2,000 kilogram per shipment and offers two speeds of service through DHL’s Air Connect and Air Economy products. Customers can therefore select between different transit time options, giving them a choice between cost and speed of delivery. States Angelos Orfanos, Global Head of Marketing & Sales, DHL Global Forwarding. “Our new Online Freight Quotation and Booking service has been designed to make it easy for any business to rapidly get a competitive air freight shipment quote that can then be booked with us online.”

Door-to-door all-in rates
Customers are provided with a comprehensive quote based on the pick-up and delivery location plus their shipment details including weight and dimensions. The quoted door-to-door all-in rate can also include import and export customs as well as cargo insurance.
DHL GF’s new online quotation & booking service is already available in more than 40 countries around the globe including; USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, covering many of the major global trade lanes. DHL Global Forwarding blows their own trumpet, saying that through the introduction of this service the forwarding agent “will become a digital industry leader by providing the most extensive offer of air freight services online.”

Heiner Siegmund

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