DHL Express launches new route between Japan and the US

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DHL Express has introduced a new route between Chubu (Nagoya) in Japan and Cincinnati in the US.

Operated by DHL Air UK, the new route commenced on June 26 using a Boeing B777F. It has been added in response to the increasing international shipping needs between Japan and the US. 

Currently operating three times a week, the dedicated B777F will increase its frequency to six times a week starting from September 6. This route also offers up to 102 tonnes of additional capacity per flight, said DHL Express.

It will serve transpacific customers alongside with the current five-weekly B747F flights by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide and five-weekly B777F flights by Kalitta Air.

Making its inaugural flight to Asia for the first time, DHL Air UK is one of DHL’s cargo airlines and is headquartered in the UK. The new route (Hong Kong – Nagoya/Chubu – Cincinnati – East Midlands, UK) is the first in a series of intercontinental flight enhancements between Europe, the US and Asia.

Tony Khan, president and representative director of DHL Express Japan, said: “The capacity expansion is in response to strong growth in international shipping demand from customers engaged in trade between Asia and the US, especially on routes between Japan and the US. The addition of this new route enables us to support the development of our Japanese customers’ business in the U.S, while giving us the opportunity to connect customers from the US. to Japan.”

Riki Inuzuka, president and chief executive of Central Japan International Airport, said: We sincerely welcome DHL Air’s new service, which will meet the expectations of companies in the Chubu region with solid shipping needs to North America. We will continue to provide maximum support for DHL Express to expand its business at Chubu Centrair International Airport, making the airport even more convenient for our customers.”

Tom Mackle, managing director at DHL Air UK, said: “We are pleased to inaugurate our first transpacific flight successfully today. The expansion of our intercontinental Express fleet with new B777s underscores our commitment to meet changing customer needs and to continuously deliver excellent services, while also improving our carbon footprint.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]