DHL Global Forwarding is deploying a second Boeing 747-400 Freighter to connect the US, Europe and Asia in response to high demand.
Up to 100 tonnes of capacity per flight will be on offer, which will operate on a transpacific route from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Cincinnati in the USA, from where it returns to Seoul’s Incheon Airport.
It will then connect Seoul with Wuxi in China before continuing to Germany’s Frankfurt-Hahn Airport then going back to Shanghai.
By re-routing the first service to Wuxi, DHL Global Forwarding will offer twice weekly departures from Wuxi to Frankfurt-Hahn.
The increasing demand for airfreight capacity on Asian routes is fuelled by all major industries, specifically China’s electronics, electric motors, electrical and mechanical appliances as well as medical equipment companies bolstering demand.
China’s main export markets are South Korea and Germany, which are served by the new charter but due to well-performing global trade, volumes are also increasing from the US and Europe.
DHL Global Forwarding chief executive officer, Tim Scharwath says: “Demand is currently exceeding supply mainly due to the large economies performing strongly. On major trade lanes volumes are high, but capacities are low – a trend that will continue.
“To increase our operational efficiency and to offer our customers the best-possible solution, we thus decided to create further capacities we have direct control over.”
The cargo aircraft is being leased from Atlas Air through an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance agreement.