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Name: DHL AIR UK
7JetSet7 Code: DHK
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: DERBY
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 270
Web: dhl.co.uk
Email: claire.oldfield@.dhl.com
Telephone: +44 (1332) 85 78 15
Fax: +44 (1332) 85 78 11
Sita: EMAOCER
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Click below for data links:
DHK-2003-11-INCDT
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DHK-2003-11-INCDT-B
DHK-2003-11-INCDT-C
DHK-2003-11-INCDT-D
DHK-2003-11-INCDT-E
DHK-2004-09-A
DHK-2004-11
DHK-2004-12
DHK-2011-03-STATUS
DHK-2013-04 - UPDATE
DHK-2014-03-UPDATE

Formed and started operations in 2001. Regional, & international, package, mail, freight, & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
(EMA) Cargo West
Nottingham/East Midlands Airport
Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2TR, England, United Kingdom

Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.

MAY 2001: (DHL) - EUROPEAN AIR TRANSPORT (EPT) WILL ONLY OPERATE 11 OF 34 EX-BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) 757-200SF'S FROM ITS BRUSSELS HUB. THE REMAINING 23 AIRPLANES WILL BE OPERATED BY NEW EUROPEAN AIR TRANSPORT UK, (DHL) INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIARY, (DHL) AIR (DHK), BASED AT EAST MIDLANDS.

NOVEMBER 2001: 757-236F (22181, G-BIKJ) CONVERTED, OPERATES FOR (DHL) UK (DHK).

DECEMBER 2001: (DHL) WORLDWIDE EXPRESS, AWARDS 15-YEAR, $400 MILLION CONTRACT TO (GE) ENGINE SERVICES, CARDIFF, WALES, FOR REPAIR & OVERHAUL OF 68 ROLLS ROYCE (RR) ENGINES FOR 34 757SF AIRPLANES.

1 757-236 (22400), EX-BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), FOR (DHL) AIR UK (DHK).

JANUARY 2002: (DHL) AIR (UK) (DHK) WILL BE OPERATED AS A SEPARATE COMPANY, AND NOT AS PART OF AIR CONTRACTORS (HCA). 6 OF 23 PLANNED 757-200F'S WILL BE IN SERVICE BY 3/02. ALL A300F'S, WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO (DHL) - EUROPEAN AIR TRANSPORT (EPT) IN A DEAL INVOLVING (HCA)'S PARENT, SAFAIR (SFA).

HUGH FLYNN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, REPLACES TREVOR JONES, WHO RETURNED TO (DHL).

November 2002: 757-236F (24268, G-BMRJ), converted.

June 2003: 757-236F (22190, G-BIKS), Boeing Capital (TBC) leased.

July 2003: 757-236F (22189, G-BIKN), bought from Barclay's Mercantile.

August 2003: 757-236SF (23533, G-BIKY) converted. 757-236SF (24072, G-BMRC) (EPT) wet-leased to DHL Air UK (DHK).

November 2003: East Midlands - Munich (weekly).

INCDT: (DHK)/(EPT) A300B4-203F (093, OO-DLL) was hit by an SA-7 missile while passing 8,000 ft, 6 nm after takeoff from Baghdad. The missile impacted with the leading edge slat, resulting in the loss of some hydraulics and a fire. After returning, 3 circuits of the airport were made while the landing gear was deployed and the airplane overran on landing because of the lack of brakes. The 3 crew members (FC) were OK and unharmed.

April 2004: The European Commission (EC) OK's grant by the German government to (DHL) - European Air Transport (EPT) of EUR 70.8 Million/+$85 Million to help fund a new logistics center at Leipzig/Halle. The grant represents 28% of the total investment of EUR 253 Million to create the new facility.

July 2004: (DHL) - European Air Transport (EPT) will decide before end of 2004 whether to maintain its hub at Brussels or relocate to the all-cargo Vatry Airport in France or Leipzig in Germany. The relocation of (EPT)'s Brussels hub would include relocation of its Brussels-based airline (DHL) - European Air Transport (EPT). Speculation has grown over the past months that (EPT) might leave Brussels as pressure mounts to introduce a night flight ban there. "The fact of having to deal with different regional authorities as well as the federal government has not helped the cause" stated John Hogan (CEO) UK & Ireland.

May 2006: (DHL) Air UK (DHK) provides services on (DHL)'s European network.

270 employees (including 180 Flight Crew (FC), & 70 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: DO. (ICAO) Code: DHK (Callsign - WORLD EXPRESS).

Parent organization/shareholders: Deutsche Post WorldNet (100%).

Main Base: Nottingham/East Midlands (EMA).

June 2006: (DHL) signed a long-term "strategic network alliance" with Malaysian cargo carrier Transmile (TML). (DHL) recently spent $1.3 million upgrading its facility at Subang, and now will offer 10x-weekly flights from the airport to its main Asia/Pacific hub in Hong Kong aboard Transmile (TML) airplanes. It previously reserved block space for cargo on Transmile (TML) flights, but said the expanded agreement will allow for more regular service and cut delivery time for Malaysian customers by a half-day for shipments to other countries in Asia, Europe and the USA West Coast.

The initial 5-year agreement will allow (DHL) the flexibility to add new air services or upgrade existing service offerings to its customers.

Through the partnership, both parties will work closely on the strategic development of both intra-Asia and inter-continental air services, to meet the booming trade within the region and beyond. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO) International Trade Statistics 2005, intra-Asia trade in 2004 totaled US$1.2 trillion. In terms of intra-continental trade, this is second only to intra-Europe trade. Trade between Asia and Europe was worth about US$725 billion, while trade between Asia and North America recorded US$782 billion.

(DHL) has invested US$1.6 billion in Asia Pacific in the last few years to strengthen its network infrastructure, to meet the evolving demands of customers.

(DHL) opened an expanded facility in Denpasar's cargo terminal, consolidating its sales, service, warehousing and administration functions under one roof and extending cut-off times for shipments.

A German court ruled that the government was partly liable in the 2002 midair collision between a (DHK)/(EPT) 757F freighter and a (BAL) Bashkirian Airlines Tu-154M that killed 71 people, as the government had granted Swiss Air Traffic Control (ATC) firm Skyguide control over a portion of German airspace, according to press reports. The court has yet to decide how much compensation is due Bashkirian, which reportedly is seeking $3.3 million. Other civil lawsuits are pending.

August 2006: (DHL) signed a multimillion-dollar, 2-year agreement with Electrolux, a leading producer of powered appliances, to serve as (DHL)'s exclusive global air express services provider.

(DHL) will increase its capacity into New York (JFK) by 8 tons per day with new 2x-daily flights from Hong Kong, and daily flights from Bangkok, Singapore and Taipei.

December 2006: A bipartisan group of USA House of Representatives members who sit on transportation and aviation committees, launched a preemptive strike last week, urging the White House not to push forward plans that would allow foreign investors to own majority shares in or control USA airlines.

A November 28 letter to White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said, "Making the rule final in the face of bipartisan Congressional opposition would be a very poor start to the 110th Congress, in which we hope that Congress and the Administration will be able to work together for the good of the American people." It continued, "We can see no basis for an argument that the (DOT)'s proposed interpretation of 'actual control' is consistent with the plain meaning of these words. We are confident that if the proposed interpretation goes forward it will be challenged in court."

The letter was signed by Representatives Frank Lobiondo (Republican -New Jersey), Ted Poe (Republican - Texas), Jerry Costello (Democrat -Illinois) and James Oberstar (Democrat - Minnesota), who likely will become Chairman of the House Transportation Committee in January. They also stated that any major changes to current law "should be accomplished by Congressional action, not unilaterally imposed by the Executive Branch."

Jim Berard, Democratic spokesperson for the Transportation Committee, said "We are thinking the (DOT) may try to sneak this in and get it done, and by the time we find out about it, it would be too late." In the past, Congress has refused to pass legislation allowing foreign interests to control USA airlines, he noted. Currently, USA citizens must control 75% of the voting stock of a USA carrier. A proposed rule change would allow up to 49% to be controlled by foreign investors.

Berard explained that the objection to a proposed change is based on both policy and the process: "If the administration thinks it's a good idea, they should come to Congress and explain it. This is not the way to make this kind of change. Let's hold hearings, vote on it and see where it goes."

Atlas Air (TLS) Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) and (DHL) announced the finalization of (DHL)'s acquisition of a 49% stake in (AAWH) subsidiary Polar Air Cargo (PAO) and a 20-year blocked-space agreement announced in October. The stock purchase agreement was executed November 28.

January 2007: (DHL) said it will invest an additional $35 million in its Hong Kong operation to increase ground handling capabilities in the growing market, lifting its total investment in the city to $645 million, which includes a $400 million investment in Air Hong Kong (AHK) made in conjunction with Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT).

March 2007: Boeing (TBC) said it reached agreement with express cargo operator (DHL) on an order for 6 767-300ER freighters valued at $894 million. It chose (GE) (CF6-80C2B7F)s valued at >$120 million to power the airplanes. (DHL) Express (CEO) John Mullen said the airplanes will be delivered beginning in 2009 and likely will be dedicated to USA routes. A (DHL) spokesperson said it is undecided which of the company's affiliated contract carriers will operate the freighters. Astar Air Cargo (DHL) and (ABX) Air are its largest USA sub-service carriers and it is the process of finalizing a deal to acquire a 49% equity interest and a 25% voting interest in Polar Air Cargo (PAO).

April 2007: (DHL) - European Air Transport (EPT) is ramping up operations at Leipzig/Halle (LEJ), to which it started flying in 2005, and intends to turn it into a European hub with an investment of €300 million. It currently operates 14 daily frequencies at (LEJ), most recently to Hamburg and Ljubljana, and handles approximately 160 tons of freight per day. Next year, it plans to land 50 airplanes at the airport each night. It said the expansion will create around +3,500 jobs by 2012.

September 2007: Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) and express freight specialist (DHL) Express have sought permission from Germany’s competition regulator to establish a new joint venture (JV) cargo airline. The two companies already have an express parcel (JV), "Aerologic," created in 2004. This is focused on intercontinental services between Europe and Asia. German competition regulator Bundeskartellamt confirmed the application, saying “(DHL) and Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) are together founding a new airline for freight flights.” But both companies decline to give any further details about their plans for the new carrier. A Lufthansa (DLH) spokesman said: “We have been working together very successfully on a joint venture covering five intercontinental routes. We have announced that we want to extend this co-operation. We will communicate more details shortly.” He declined to comment on possible timelines for a Bundeskartellamt decision in the (JV). A (DHL) spokesman said: “Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) and (DHL) have been working together for many years. It is known that our long-term plan is to intensify and expand this co-operation significantly. We will publish additional in the autumn.” The German press has previously reported that Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) and DHL would each take 50% of the new operation, which would start services in 2009 with a fleet of 10 airplanes, either 747F or 777F freighters.

Lufthansa (DLH) and Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN) confirmed that they are launching a joint venture (JV) cargo airline based in Leipzig in which Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) and (DPWN) subsidiary, DHL each will hold a 50% stake. The not-yet-named carrier is slated to begin operating in summer 2009 and will focus on transporting airfreight and express shipments to and from Asia. Its initial fleet will comprise 11 new 777-200LRF freighters, that will be leased and are scheduled for delivery starting in February 2009, (LUB) Chairman, Carsten Spohr said. The (JV) airline will have annual revenue of €500 million/$698.4 million and 250 employees, (LUB) and (DPWN) said. A new cargo center to be built in Leipzig, will create another +150 jobs, they added. Pending granting of traffic rights, the carrier hopes gradually to expand its route network. It is not known how many routes will be served initially, but (LUB) and (DPWN) outlined the network they would like to operate: On weekdays, the airline would serve Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Bombay, Shanghai Pudong, Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, Nagoya, Almaty, East Midlands and Milan. On weekends, it would fly to Pudong, Astana, Singapore, Bangkok, Sharjah, Hong Kong, Chicago O'Hare and New York (JFK).

(DHL) is Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN)’s express and logistics business. Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) also carries mail for Deutsche Post outside the Aerologic venture.

November 2007: Precision Conversions said it redelivered a 757-200PCF freighter to DHL-European Air Transport (EPT) following conversion. The (RB211-535)-powered airplane is (EPT)'s 1st 15-pallet-position converted freighter.

January 2008: Lufthansa (DLH)/(LUB) and (DHL) Express announced that their 50/50 joint venture (JV) cargo airline, "AeroLogic" will be based at Leipzig/Halle Airport and have a fleet comprising 11 leased 777Fs by 2012. The 1st 8 airplanes will be leased from Deucalion Capital VII, which is managed by Germany's (DVB) Bank. Boeing (TBC) said the 777Fs, valued at $2 billion, originally were ordered by Iceland's Avion Group in 2005 and were "picked up" by Deucalion in late 2007 after Avion terminated its order. Boeing (TBC) will deliver the first four to AeroLogic next year, ahead of the carrier's summer 2009 launch, and four more will be delivered in 2010. AeroLogic, which will paint its airplanes gray and yellow, plans to take delivery of two more in 2011 and one in 2012. No purchase/lease agreement was announced regarding the remaining three airplanes.

Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) Chairman & (CEO) Carsten Spohr said the (JV) airline "is the culmination of a successful partnership that has existed for many years between (DHL) Express and Lufthansa Cargo (LUB)." The venture first was announced four months ago. The new carrier will be guided by co-Managing Directors, Thomas Papke (from (DLH)) and Thomas Pusch (from (DHL)). Papke said it aims to rank "among the top 5 cargo carriers in Europe." Pusch added that AeroLogic plans "to fly a route network which, in addition to the major Asian cities, includes exciting destinations across North America." The company did not provide specifics of the route network. It officially started business with 20 employees and plans to hire +250 more, including 200 pilots (FC). (LUB) and (DHL)/DHK will be responsible for sales and warehouse handling for the new carrier. "For customers of the parent companies, AeroLogic will mean more capacity, more flexibility, an expanded network and improved operating times," (LUB) and (DHL) said.

February 2008: Deucalion Aviation Funds signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Air France (AFA) to acquire 6 747-400 passenger airplanes for freighter conversion and subsequent delivery in 2009 and 2010. Deucalion will convert the airplanes to full freighters at the (IAI)/Bedek conversion facility, with the first expected to be available in September 2009. Marketing of the freighters is being undertaken by (DVB) Bank, which manages Deucalion. It is likely that the converted airplanes will operate for "AeroLogic," the new cargo joint venture (JV) between (LUB) and (DHL).

May 2008: (DHL) - European Air Transport (EPT) opened its new €300 million/$473 million European airfreight hub at Leipzig/Halle, officially relocating its air operations base from Brussels. The new hub "is situated at a crossroads to provide direct North-South and East-West access to Europe and connects both established and emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia," (EPT) said, adding that it has "comprehensive authorization for night-time flights" at the airport. It will employ 2,000 initially and expects that to rise to 3,500 by 2012.

(DHL) unveiled a $2 billion restructuring of its loss-making USA express business that includes shifting its air lift capacity in the market to rival (UPS), a potentially devastating blow to (ABX) Air and Astar Air Cargo (DHL), which currently provide the German express giant's USA lift. Parent, Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN) said it no longer can tolerate massive annual losses in (DHL)'s USA business, which it estimates will post negative (EBIT) of -$1.3 billion in 2008. While DHL's signature yellow ground delivery vehicles still will operate in the USA, its airport-to-airport flying will be handled by (UPS) Airlines, beginning later this year, (DPWN) said. Additionally, it will close 34% of its package sorting facilities, particularly those in smaller markets, relinquishing blanket USA coverage in favor of higher-yield major markets. The USA restructuring is expected to generate cost savings of -$800 million in 2010 and around -$1 billion annually going forward from 2011, (DPWN) said. A finalized DHL-(UPS) contract will be signed later this year, the companies said.

The fate of (ABX) and Astar (DHL) is unclear, but (DHL) air hub activities presumably will be shifted from Wilmington, Ohio to Louisville, where (UPS)'s WorldPort sorting facility is undergoing a $1 billion expansion to be completed in 2010.

(ABX) President & (CEO) Joe Hete said (DHL) has informed it that (UPS) likely will take over "substantially all of the services that (ABX) Air currently provides to (DHL)," adding: "We are disappointed that (DHL) has chosen not to pursue alternative means to improve its competitive position in the USA." (ABX) generates about 75% of its revenue from (DHL) operations. Astar (DHL) did not comment.

The (DHL) - (UPS) announcement marks a stark contrast from 2004, when (DHL) entered the USA market, following a lengthy regulatory battle in which (DPWN) and (UPS) exchanged heated public barbs. (DHL) has been unable to gain more than a 6% share of the USA express delivery market. (DPWN) (CEO) Frank Appel said it was time to take "a more pragmatic approach to be a smarter player in the challenging USA express market."

(UPS) said the contract with (DHL) is expected to last 10 years and will produce up to $1 billion in annual revenue. The deal, however, is not a cease-and-desist between the longtime global rivals, (COO) David Abney said, explaining that it "would be a relatively straightforward air lift agreement and that (UPS) and (DHL) will continue to compete."

August 2008: (DHL) Express appointed Jose Pereira as VP Technical Strategy & Services, Air Fleet Management.

November 2008: Deutsche Post AG will close all of its (DHL) Express service centers, cut -9,500 jobs in the United States and eliminate USA-only domestic shipping by land and air, the company said, citing heavy losses and fierce competition. The Bonn-based company said that new round of cuts are on top of another -5,400 job cuts it already announced, and blamed heavy losses at the unit, which competes with rivals (UPS) Inc and FedEx (FED) Corporation. The cuts are part of a wider plan to curtail operations in the USA, including domestic ground and delivery services, though its international shipping won't be affected. The express unit currently employs some 18,000 workers. Part of the plan calls for the halt to domestic shipping by January 30, the company said after it closes all of its ground hubs.

"The retained USA international express network with a total of 3,000 to 4,000 employees will be tailored to the needs of the group's international express service customers," the company said in a statement. "All international shipments into the USA will still be delivered, while 99% of the outbound shipments will be picked up." The move is expected to reduce operating costs at the USA Express unit from $5.4 billion/4.2 billion euros to <$1 billion/770 million euros. "The international express offering in the USA will be maintained on today's levels and the region will remain an integral part of (DHL)'s global Express network," the company added.

Shares of Deutsche Post were up +4.2% at 9.77 euros/$12.60 in Frankfurt trading.

Later, (DHL) pulled the plug on its 5-year push to become the "3rd alternative" to (UPS) and FedEx (FED) in the USA express shipping market, announcing that all domestic USA services will cease early next year, as it focuses exclusively on international operations to/from 15 - 20 USA metropolitan areas. "The basic reason is that the USA is a highly concentrated duopoly market and the reality is (UPS) and FedEx (FED)'s scale, market reach and brand awareness have made it impossible for us to make it economically viable," (DHL) Express (CEO) John Mullen told reporters.

Mullen estimated that (DHL) lost around -$10 billion over the last five years on its USA venture, including its original investment in purchasing Airborne Express (ABX) and its Wilmington, Ohio, air hub. The company estimates it lost about -$1.3 billion annually on USA operations, "a level of loss that cannot be sustained," he said. He explained that Airborne (ABX) was a "small niche player of low quality," and despite (DHL)'s best efforts, it "never became big enough and never had enough reach to be able to compete with the two incumbents." (DHL) is "more than willing" to donate the Wilmington airport to the state of Ohio, he added.

The German delivery giant still is conducting negotiations with (UPS) to turn over the domestic line-haul flight portion of its international shipments to/from the USA to its rival. But the volume carried by (UPS) will be far lower than what originally was envisioned when the two announced their intent last spring to negotiate an agreement under which (UPS) would take over (DHL)'s USA air lift from (ABX) Air and Astar Air Cargo (DHL), dropping from about 1.2 million daily shipments to 100,000.

Mullen said he hoped the (DHL) - (UPS) deal will be finalized by year end. Total job losses at (ABX), Astar (DHL) and (DHL) owing to the domestic services shutdown are expected to top -9,500. Those cuts are in addition to -5,400 (DHL) USA jobs already slashed this year.

(DHL) envisions operating international flights into five USA gateways, likely including New York, Los Angeles and Louisville, and using line-haul contract flights operated by (UPS) Airlines to reach 15 to 20 markets that cover about 80% to 90% of its international shipping in the USA. It will contract smaller cargo operators to reach the remaining 10% to 20%, Mullen said. (DHL) generates about $4.5 billion annually in USA revenue, about $1 billion of which comes from international services.

August 2009: (DHL) said it will relocate its customs activities over the next 12 months from Cologne and Frankfurt to its Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) hub, creating 110 new jobs at (LEJ), according to "Leipziger Volkszeitung." It plans to increase its (LEJ) workforce from 2,300 to 3,500 in coming years.

767-3JHERF (37805, G-DHLE), delivery. It is now being fitted with winglets and will be returned to (DHK)'s main base at East Midlands airport (EMA) in early September.

September 2009: (DHL) Express introduced 2 new 767ERFs into its fleet. The airplanes are operated by (DHL) Air (UK) (DHK) on flights from Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) and Leipzig to New York (JFK) and Cincinnati (CVG). A 3rd new 767ERF will enter into service on the (EMA) - (CVG) route next month, with 3 more joining the DHL fleet by 2013. The airplanes will replace shared capacity on MD-11Fs secured through a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo (LUB). They offer payload capacity of 59 tons.

2 767-3JHF (37806, G-DHLF; 37807, G-DHLG), deliveries.

February 2010: The European Commission (EC) said it issued charges against "a number of companies concerning their alleged participation in price-fixing cartels in the airfreight forwarding business" and major air cargo players including (UPS) and (DHL) confirmed they were included. Other companies confirming receipt of a formal "statement of objections" from the (EC) included Panalpina, Kuehne & Nagel, and (DSV).

(DHL) claimed it has been granted immunity by the (EC) in exchange for cooperating with the probe. (UPS) said it would "vigorously defend ourselves in this proceeding against any allegations of wrongdoing."

The (EC), the USA Department of Justice and other regulators around the world have been probing price-fixing in the air cargo industry for several years and a host of carriers have pled or been found guilty and paid fines. The (EC)'s latest charges appear to open a new front by implicating the forwarding side of the business.

"The (EC) is investigating allegations that these companies fixed prices by colluding on the imposition, level, timing and application of various surcharges," the (EC) said. "The allegations concern four separate infringements involving the provision of freight forwarding services from the UK to outside the [European Economic Area (EEA)], from the (EEA) to the USA, from China to the (EEA), and from southern China/Hong Kong to the (EEA)."

Companies receiving a statement of objections can reply in writing or request an oral hearing. The (EC) emphasized that the issuing of formal charges does not "prejudge" whether findings of guilt will be rendered.

July 2012: (DHL) opened a $175 million hub at Shanghai Pudong airport (PVG) and said it would invest another $132 million over the next 2 years to enable it to dedicate 8 additional freighter airplanes to (PVG) for flights to N Asia, Europe and the USA.

The new (PVG) express cargo facility spans 88,000 sq m and can process up to 20,000 documents and 20,000 parcels per hour. The German delivery giant already operates Asian hubs in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.

The planned new flights from (PVG), to be implemented by 2014, will be operated by Aerologic (AGC), (DHL) Air UK (DHK) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) subsidiary, Polar Air Cargo (PAO). “There will be a variety of other providers as well,” (DHL) said.

(DHL) currently operates cargo flights from (PVG) to Hong Kong, destinations in Japan, Leipzig and Cincinnati. Later this year it plans to start new flights from the airport to Seoul Incheon, Taipei, Dalian and Qingdao. “Beijing and Xiamen [are] likely to come on stream in 2013,” (DHL) said.

August 2012: Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) will take delivery of the 1st of 5 (GE 90)-powered 777F freighters in the fall of 2013, followed by 2 in 2014 and 2 in 2015.

(LUB) will decide if it will convert the five options over the next several weeks. “To have [airplane] options gives us flexibility,” (LUB) Executive Board Member Operations Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht said. It is unclear if (LUB) will use the 777Fs for fleet expansion or replacement of its 19 MD-11Fs.

(LUB) and its AeroLogic (AGC) joint venture [with DHL Express (DHK)] operate eight 777Fs. “The 777F saves -17% fuel compared to an MD-11F. If we operate 19 777Fs, the fleet needs the same amount of fuel for 11 months compared to 19 MD-11Fs in 12 months,” Rupprecht said.

The Lufthansa (DLH) Group uses 10 million tons of Jet A1 kerosene annually. (LUB) said it has reduced fuel burn by -4% since 2005, or -1.9 tons per flight.

(LUB) is targeting a -25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and a -50% reduction in net CO2 emissions by 2050.

April 2013: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" MAGAZINE UPDATE - - "DHK-2013-04 - UPDATE."

February 2014: The Lufthansa Group will benefit from a new agreement between Russian and German authorities, which last week approved Russia’s AirBridgeCargo (ABC) to operate fifth freedom flights 3x-weekly from Frankfurt to the USA.

AeroLogic (AGC), a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) and (DHL) Express (DHK), will also benefit from the agreement.

Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) spokesperson Matthias Eberle confirmed “Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) will add 14x-weekly crossings over Siberian airspace. Its joint venture (JV), AeroLogic (AGC), will add +13 additional weekly frequencies,” which results in cutting flying time and saving fuel burn.

Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) will be able to operate up to 30 round trips between Europe and the Far East per week by the shortest possible route. Lufthansa (DLH) Passenger Airline can also benefit from 13 additional weekly frequencies for its Asian routes.

Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) executive board member Andreas Otto said the Russian side receives traffic rights for 2x-weekly Frankfurt - USA flights and 1 charter flight.

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) can take advantage of these 3x-weekly transatlantic cargo flights on basis of 5th freedom rights from a number of German airports.

The agreement could be seen as a long-awaited compromise after a several years of traffic rights discussions. In 2007, Russian authorities suspended Lufthansa Cargo (LUB)’s right to fly over Russia.

Otto said that Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) is expecting a +5% tonnage growth in 2014 even though the air freight business remains challenging. “We see ourselves as well positioned,” Otto said.

Southern Air (SOF) is extending its partnership with (DHL) Express (DHK) through a new flight services agreement for the continued operation of 4 Boeing 777F freighters. With this contract extension, in connection with (DHL) (DHK)’s simultaneous 10-year airplane lease agreement, Southern Air (SOF) and (DHL) (DHK) enter into a new, long-term cooperative agreement.

March 2014: SEE ATTACHED - - "DHK-2014-03-UPDATE."

May 2014: (DHL) Express (DHK) has leased 2 747-8F freighters from Atlas Air (TLS). The two 747-7Fs will be operated by Atlas Air (TLS) in Polar Air Cargo (PAO) Worldwide’s transpacific express network under an (ACMI) wet-lease arrangement. The 747-8Fs replace 2 Boeing 747-400F freighters currently in (ACMI) service for (DHK).

June 2014: 757-25F (28718, G-FCLD), ex-(C-GJZX) delivery, ferried Manchester to Bahrain.

November 2015: 757-236 (29945, G-TCBB; 29946, G-TCBC), ex-(BAB), ferried to Cecil Field for cargo conversion.

February 2016: Deutsche Post is considering disposing of its air and ocean freight forwarding services division, (DHL) Global Forwarding, as it seeks to streamline its operations "Reuters" has reported.

Informed sources told the newswire that the German logistics giant is studying a variety of options including a partnership, the creation of a joint-venture (JV), and the sale of either part or the complete operation. Among the possible buyers mentioned are Japan Post Holdings though no firm plans have yet been decided, the report said. Should a sale be concluded, Deutsche Post would likely retain (DHL) Global Forwarding's land freight forwarding unit while selling off its air and ocean business, the sources said.

Deutsche Post was forced to write off EUR345 million/USD384.43 million in the 3rd quarter of last year after it encountered problems during the implementation of its "New Forwarding Environment" Information Technology (IT) platform at (DHL) Global Forwarding.

Global logistics firm (DHL) Express says it has signed an agreement with Milan Malpensa airport operator, (SEA), to build a new EUR90 million/USD99 million cargo handling facility at the airfield which will become its primary gateway into the Italian market.

Construction on the new 46,000 sq m facility will commence later this year and is expected to be completed during the 1st half of 2018.

In total, (DHL) is expected to invest a total of EUR350 million into its Italian operations over the next 5 years in order to "guarantee the highest levels of service for clients in Italy and abroad."

The move mirrors that of rival FedEx Express (FED) which announced it would be investing EUR100 million/USD113.5 million into its own 35,000sqm+ facility at the Milanese hub.

May 2016: 757-236F (23399, G-BIKU), WFU at Madrid.

August 2016: 757-236F (22178, G-BIKG), WFU at Madrid.

January 2017: Precision Aircraft Solutions completed its 28th passenger-to-freighter conversion for the (DHL) global network. The conversion is also Precision’s 12th redelivery in less than a year to the (DHL) affiliate, European Air Transport Leipzig (EPT).

February 2017: 757-23NF (27975, G-DHKD), ferried Cecil Field to East Midlands for withdrawn from use (WFU). 757-28A (26275, G-DHKH) ferried Greensboro (GSO) to Cecil Field for cargo conversion.

June 2017: 2 757-236F (22179, G-BIKH; 22189, G-BIKR), 22179, ex-(D-ALED), 22189 WFU at Madrid. 757-28A (28174) to Cecil Field for cargo conversion.,

July 2017: Precision Aircraft Solutions redelivered its 29th converted Boeing 757-200PCF to (DHL) Air UK.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
DHK-767-3JHERF-2014-04
DHK-767-3JHERF-JUL09
DHK-767-3JHFER-OCT09
DHK-AEROLOGIC-777F

September 2017:

6 747-4B3BC (CF6-80C2B1F) (864-24155, /91 F-GEXB), BF (AFA) BY DEUCALION AVIATION 2008-02 FOR CONV BY (IAI) TO F FOR "AEROLOGIC" OPS. (DVB) BANK LSD. FREIGHTER.

2 747-8F (TLS)/(PAO) WET-LSD 2014-05. FREIGHTER.

19 757-236SF (RB211-535C) (11-22174, /82 G-BIKC; 22179, G-BIKH; 22189, G-BIKR; 23399, G-BIKU; 214-24268, /89 G-BMRJ; 29945, G-TCBB; 29946, G-TCBC), EX-(BAB). 23399 WFU 2016-05; 22178 WFU 2016-08. 22189 WFU 2017-06. FREIGHTER.

1 737-23NF (RB211-535C) (27975, G-DHKD), FERRIED CECIL FIELD TO EAST MIDLANDS & WFU 2017-02. FREIGHTER.

1 757-25F (28718, G-FCLD), EX-(C-GJZX), FERRIED MANCHESTER TO BAHRAIN. FREIGHTER.

2 757-28AF (26275, G-DHKH; 28174, G-DHKJ), FERRIED TO CECIL FIELD FOR CARGO CONVERSION 2017-03 & 2017-06. FREIGHTER.

7 767-3JHERF (980-37805, G-DHLE - - SEE PHOTO - - "DHK-767-3JHERF-2009-06;" 981-37806, G-DHLF, 2009-09; 982-37807, G-DHLG, 2009-09; 37809, N642GT - - SEE PHOTO - - "DHK-767-3JHERF-2014-04"), WITH WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

1 +10 ORDERS 777F, (DVB) BANK LSD FOR "AEROLOGIC" (AGC) OPS. SEE PHOTO. FREIGHTER:

Management:
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FRANK APPEL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), PARENT, DEUTSCHE POST WORLD NET.

PAUL BISHOP, MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

JOHN HOGAN, (CEO), UK & IRELAND.

JOHN MULLEN, (CEO) DHL EXPRESS.

JOSE PEREIRA, VP TECHNICAL STRATEGY & SERVICES, AIR FLEET MANAGEMENT, DHL EXPRESS (2008-08).

CHRIS HALL, DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

ALEX HUMPHREYS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

 
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