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Two more 777 freighters for Southern Air

By control on April 3, 2012

ACMI firm Southern Air has received a third 777 freighter from Boeing and is anticipating a fourth delivery on April 25. The aircraft will be used by DHL Express on the integrator's new around-the-world service.

With the new additions, Southern Air will boast four 777Fs in its fleet, all of which are being used by DHL. The first two aircraft, which were introduced in September 2011, have been flying on DHL's Cincinnati-Bahrain-Hong Kong routing. The two new planes will fly from Hong Kong to Los Angeles via Leipzig.

In a statement, Southern Air's Daniel McHugh said the aircraft will help tranform the firm's long-term fleet. The new additions will also strengthen Southern Air's bond with DHL, he said.

Stephen Fenwick, DHL Express' CEO, Americas, said he's pleased with the expansion of Southern Air's fleet.

"Our 777 partnership with Southern Air has been very effective to date," he said in a statement. "Their performance reliability has been high, and we are pleased to be expanding our relationship with the start-up of this second 777 round-the-world route, which will also take full advantage of the aircraft's long-range payload capability and fuel efficiency. The new daily service routed Hong Kong-Los Angeles-Leipzig-Hong Kong will reduce transit times for DHL customers in much of Asia to the U.S. West Coast and will enable DHL to offer the latest possible pick-up times in key West Coast cities for many customers shipping to European destinations."

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