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DHL EXPRESS LAUNCHES FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT TO BRAZIL FROM THE UNITED STATES, ADDING MORE THAN 600 TONS OF CARGO CAPACITY A WEEK

Press Release: Plantation, FL. July 27, 2022

  • Operating a B767 with a capacity of 52 tons per flight, the new Miami-Viracopos route connects Brazil to the DHL Express network with a dedicated flight, reducing delivery times and enabling improved service reliability with earlier arrival of volumes
  • New flight benefits customers shipping between Asia, North America and Brazil
  • Provides  improved connectivity with Brazil and Central America through connection in Colombia, also doubling export capacity for Colombian customers

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, expanded its air network by operating its first, dedicated cargo flight between the United States and the Brazilian market. The new route, operated by Cargojet, responds to the increasing international shipping needs between Brazil and the U.S. 

“During the past few years, we’ve witnessed unprecedented shipping demand from our customers in the Americas, in both the B2C and B2B segments,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas.  “This network upgrade along the U.S. – Brazil trade lane represents a huge opportunity for importers and exporters to grow their global businesses while receiving unparalleled levels of speed to key markets within the Americas region.”  

With a 52-ton capacity per flight, the Boeing 767-300F aircraft will complete the MIA–VCP–BOG–MIA route 6-times a week, connecting Brazil to the DHL Express network with a dedicated flight, which arrives at Viracopos Airport, in Campinas, Sao Paulo. Due to its increased capacity of approx. 620 tons per week, DHL Express expects to improve transit times and offer highly reliable transportation to Brazil and Colombia throughout the year,  without a dependency on commercial airlift during peak periods.

The flight departs from the recently expanded DHL Express Hub at the Miami International Airport, benefiting customers shipping from Asia and North America to and from Brazil, as well as customers shipping from Brazil to Colombia, enabling improved connectivity with Brazil and Central America.

The new connection to Brazil is part of DHL Express’ overall expansion plan in the Americas, which includes more than USD $360 million in investments between 2020 and 2022. The company continues to expand its air cargo capacity to cater to rising shipment demand resulting in particular from the e-commerce sector. 

This year alone, the company has introduced several new routes, including to and from Vietnam and the United States as bilateral trade increased, adding 102 tons of additional capacity per flight; a new route between Japan and the United States, also in response to the increasing international shipping needs between these two countries, adding 102 tons of additional capacity per flight, six times per week. In late 2021, DHL also introduced a new route connecting Chile directly from the United States, which added more than 600 tons of capacity of cargo per week to the DHL network.