DHL Express has announced that it has commissioned Jetran to convert nine Boeing 777-200LR planes into freighters. The first aircraft is set to be delivered in 2024, with the remaining planes to be supplied gradually until early 2027.
This move is part of DHL Express's overarching sustainability priority to modernize its long-haul fleet, including the replacement of older aircraft. The order for shorter-life converted freighters provides an efficient bridge between current fuselage technologies and new ones, such as the next-generation B777-8F and A350F freighters.
"We are delighted to welcome the converted B777-200LRs to the DHL Express family," said Robert Hyslop, EVP Global Aviation at DHL Express. "By modernizing our intercontinental fleet, we can simultaneously enhance our proven capability to meet growing demand, improve our environmental footprint, and deliver top-quality service to our customers."
Between 2018 and 2022, DHL purchased 28 new B777-200F cargo planes from Boeing, with 18 currently in service. The remaining planes will be delivered between 2023 and 2025.
DHL Express's focus on sustainability is critical as the transportation industry looks for ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The use of more fuel-efficient planes, such as the B777-200LR and B777-8F, will help the company achieve its sustainability goals while meeting the needs of its customers.
Additionally, the investment in new aircraft will allow DHL to maintain its position as a leader in the global logistics industry, providing fast, reliable, and environmentally friendly shipping solutions to customers around the world. The continued expansion of DHL's fleet is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.
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