(11 Mar 2022, 11:38 +07)
DHL Express has signed a Crew and Maintenance
agreement (CM) with Singapore Airlines covering five Boeing
Based at Changi Airport in Singapore and serving
DHL’s South Asia hub, the freighters, which will sport a
dual DHL-SIA livery, will be operated by SIA pilots on routes to
the United States of America via points in North Asia.
Singapore Airlines will
also oversee the maintenance of the five aircraft.
The five Boeing 777 Freighters will feature a dual DHL-SIA livery.
Mr Travis Cobb, Executive Vice President Global
Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express, said, “With the
deployment of five Boeing 777 freighters, we can expand our
express service linking the Asia Pacific region with the Americas.
Following the pandemic, we see good prospects for strong growth in
trans-Pacific trade lanes. By collaborating with Singapore
Airlines, we see a unique chance to establish a long-lasting
relationship with a long time partner who shares common values and
operates at the highest standard.”
The initial agreement is set for more than four
years with the opportunity for an extension.
As part of the
agreement, the first aircraft delivery will be in July 2022, with
the second in October 2022. The remaining three aircraft are
planned for delivery throughout 2023.
Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President
Commercial, SIA, said, “This new freighter operation will support the fast-growing
e-commerce segment, in addition to other key business segments
that rely on trusted express services that DHL excels in
providing. It also provides a foundation on which the partnership
between SIA and DHL can be further expanded in the future. Basing
these freighters at Changi Airport will further reinforce
Singapore’s position as a key air cargo and e-commerce logistics
hub, contributing to its growth and development.”
DHL Express operates over 320 dedicated aircraft
across its global network of 220 countries and territories while SIA’s cargo division operates to more than 90
destinations as part of its current network, which includes a
fleet of freighters as well as the bellyhold space of the SIA and
Scoot passenger aircraft. The airline recently ordered
Airbus A350 Freighters as part of its fleet renewal programme.
Mr Ken Lee, CEO DHL Express Asia Pacific, said,
“This new agreement guarantees capacity on our critical routes out
of Singapore as we gear up for ongoing growth in Asia Pacific
trade. It gives us greater flexibility to add new routes and optimise our aircraft utilisation in the face of unpredictable
changes or sudden increases in demand.”
DHL Express Orders Six Boeing 777 Freighters.