DHL Express is adding a next-day delivery connection from Japan to the United States this month.
The company said today that it is introducing a new non-stop Boeing 747-400 freighter service to improve delivery capability from Tokyo to the Americas, with daily flights between Nagoya and DHL’s hub in Cincinnati.
The return flight will mean a two-day delivery service for customers in the US, Canada and Latin America shipping to Japan.
DHL said its aircraft will have a capacity of more than 100 tons, and will be operated by partner airline Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.
Jerry Hsu, the DHL Express Asia Pacific chief executive, said the new flight was being introduced as trade between Asia and the US was predicted to grow 10% a year up to 2020.
“We are improving service and adding capacity between Asia and the US to support the continued two-way growth we see on the world’s biggest trade lane,” said Hsu.
Along with an additional wide-bodied aircraft to its global aviation network, DHL said it has made improvements to its intra-Asian connections to open up trade lanes between Asia and the Americas.
The improvements should be launched by the end of April 2013.
A new wide-bodied freighter flight will link Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, with Incheon in Korea and Nagoya, Japan.
DHL is also set to double the frequency of its wide-bodied freighter connections to Australia, from two to four days per week. Routing shipments via Japan, it will be reinforcing its daily US to Australia connection and adding daily capacity from key North Asian markets into Australia, with two additional Boeing 767-300ERF aircraft offering a capacity of more than 55 tons.
As with the new Japan to US flight, the 767-300ERF aircraft will be operated by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.
Stephen Fenwick, the DHL Express Americas chief executive, said US trade with Australia grew more than 13% in 2012.
“The additional frequencies we are adding on this lane will ensure that trade between these two countries can continue to flourish over the coming years,” he said.
Source: Post&Parcel/DHL Express
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