DHL Express expands Asia capacity to meet e-commerce demand

By Damian Brett

DHL Express has expanded its capacity covering the intra-Asia and transpacific market as it looks to meet growing demand.

On the intra-Asia market, the express operator has added a six-times-per week B737-400SF flight between Hong Kong and Bangkok operated by K-Mile; and Air Hong Kong has added a sixth flight rotation to two existing routes operated by A300-600 on behalf of the company.

The Air Hong Kong routes are: Beijing-Hong Kong-Beijing, and Hong Kong-Cebu-Manila-Hong Kong.

And to cater to the intercontinental cargo demand, a B777F aircraft operated by AeroLogic, the firm’s JV with Lufthansa Cargo, will fly six times a week from DHL Express’ Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong to Cincinnati Hub in the US.

The company said that pandemic and pandemic-related restrictions have further accelerated online sales growth: in 2020, e-commerce comprised half of the retail sales in Asia Pacific, and is expected to reach 61% in 2025.

“To ensure we are ready to cater to the anticipated surge in demand during peak seasons, we consistently enhance our fleet and adjust our air network to provide our customers with the most efficient, time-definite international deliveries,” said Sean Wall, executive vice president, network operations & aviation, DHL Express Asia Pacific. 

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