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DHL Express, the world’s leading international express provider, has announced that it will utilize a Boeing 767-300F (Boeing 767) freighter aircraft which has 50% more cargo capacity for its Trans-Tasman lane. The Boeing 767, which replaces the Boeing 757, will offer express, overnight delivery between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, five times a week as the Trans-Tasman remains one of the key trade lanes for DHL Express Australia.
Based on the latest figures from the DHL Export Barometer 2017, New Zealand remains the top export market for Australian businesses, with 61% of exporters sending goods across the Trans-Tasman trade lane and one in four of them naming New Zealand as their largest export market.
Gary Edstein, CEO and Senior Vice President of DHL Express Oceania, said: “As an international air express carrier, aviation is at the core of our business. The Boeing 767 aircraft will enhance the efficiency and speed of delivery, with the latest technology for communications, navigation, enhanced safety systems, and automated roller systems to assist with loading and unloading.”
Mr Edstein continued, “We are incredibly proud to be the only logistics company with a dedicated aircraft across the Trans-Tasman lane. Over the last decade, trade between Australia and New Zealand has steadily increased, making New Zealand one of our largest services trade partner. And with this purpose built freighter aircraft, we will ensure that we remain competitive for many years to come.”
The DHL Express Boeing 767 offers operational flexibility, and an all-digital flight deck which allows it to support time-critical deliveries. It also boosts high fuel efficiency with a proven combination of light, durable aluminium alloy and composite structure, making it lighter than competing freighters.
DHL Express transports a diverse range of goods between Sydney and Auckland, including time critical deliveries such as medical supplies and equipment, spare parts for the agricultural industry, automotive parts plus electronics.
Mr Edstein said, “DHL Express will continue to support businesses operating via the Trans-Tasman trade lane, with the service standards that customers have come to rely on.”
The Boeing 767 is equipped with powered cargo-handling equipment, both on the main deck and in lower holds, making cargo handling easier and more seamless. The cargo-handling system and operator interface provide complete automation of the cargo-loading process. The freighter’s main deck has both interior and exterior master control panels along with local control panels to provide maximum flexibility.