DHL Express has placed an order with Boeing for an additional eight new Boeing 777 freighters. The investment marks a further step in DHL Express’ expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets. First deliveries are scheduled for 2022.
DHL Express has already taken delivery of the first ten new B777F aircraft as part of an original order of 14 aircraft placed in 2018. These timely deliveries ensured that DHL was able to accommodate unprecedented customer demand during the peak shipping season last year.
Boeing’s 2020 World Air Cargo Forecast anticipates significant increase in demand for new and converted freighters with a fleet growth of more than 60% over the next 20 years. This reflects in the growing demand for cross-border time-definite shipments DHL Express is experiencing. For this reason, DHL Express and Boeing also agreed options and purchase rights for four additional planes.