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DHL to launch around-the-world service

By control on March 22, 2012

Beginning March 27, DHL will connect Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Leipzig via an around-the-world express flight. The new route will benefit from DHL’s extra Boeing 777F capacity, provided by the multiyear deal the integrator inked with Southern Air in November.

Southern Air already operates a 777F flight on behalf of DHL on round-trip routing from Hong Kong International Airport to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. DHL’s new intercontinental service will additional new regions, including the Western U.S. and Canada, according to a press release.

“The transit time capability between Asia and Western U.S. and Canada will be market-leading, with a greater number of Asian origin locations, including key trade hubs Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila and a significant number of cities throughout China benefiting from next-day connection into Los Angeles and much of Western U.S. and Canada,” according to the press release.

The new DHL route also marks the first time that customers in some Asian cities will enjoy one-day express delivery. Customers in California will also benefit from the new service, according to the press release. Thanks to direct service to Leipzig/Halle Airport, residents of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and other key cities in California will be able to ship express cargo to Europe three hours later than before.

“This service is a game-changer,” Stephen Fenwick, regional CEO for DHL Express, Americas, said in a statement. “This new round-the-world flight will offer customers in key Asian markets the best transit times to Western U.S. and Canada and on into Europe. The new flight is part of DHL’s operations strategy to improve our network infrastructure and add capacity.”

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