By the end of April, DHL Express will add wide-body aircraft to its global aviation network and adjust its intra-Asia connections, enhancing connections particularly between the Americas and Asia.
“A new direct connection from DHL’s Americas hub to Japan, as well as links between Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region, will further support the many customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America who are exploiting trade opportunities across the Pacific,” said Stephen Fenwick, CEO of DHL Express Americas, in a written statement.
The first major network enhancement will be the introduction of a direct connection between Japan and DHL America’s hub in Cincinnati. A daily flight from the Japanese industrial city of Nagoya to Cincinnati will establish a next-day delivery service to the U.S. for all locations directly served by DHL in Japan. A return connection between Cincinnati and Tokyo will enable a two-day delivery capability to the Japanese capital and surrounding metropolitan areas for shippers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Both routes will be serviced by Boeing 747-400 aircraft with a capacity of more than 100 tons.
A second enhancement will allow DHL to double its frequency of wide-body freighter connections to Australia from two to four days per week. By optimizing its intercontinental network and routing shipments via Japan, it will be able to reinforce its U.S. to Australia connection, while offering additional capacity from North Asia to Australia. This route will be supported by the introduction of two new Boeing 767-300ERF wide-body freighters with a capacity of more than 55 tons.
Additionally, a new wide-body freighter flight will link Taipei, Taiwan; Incheon, Korea; and Nagoya, reinforcing express connections within the region. By connecting to the Nagoya to Cincinnati service, it will also provide additional capacity to the U.S. from all three Asian markets.