DHL Global Forwarding signed a contract with Airbus to provide transportation of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft components and general cargo from the Airbus production site in Hamburg to Airbus’ final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.
DHL will provide a multimodal transport service with air, ocean and road freight services beginning in 2015.
“At DHL Global Forwarding, we understand that the Airbus A320 family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family and is comprised of high value equipment that must be handled with extreme care to ensure optimal performance,” said Christoph Remund, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, U.S. “We have worked diligently to plan the best multimodal transport solutions to move these components close to 5,000 miles to their ultimate destination.”
Due to the sensitivity of the aircraft components, the transportation process is challenging. The parts will be fixed on specifically designed transport racks; abrupt movements need to be avoided, and a flat surface should be considered at all times as well.
The agreement between Airbus and DHL comprises general cargo, which will be shipped via air and ocean, and major aircraft components including rear fuselage, forward fuselage, wings and the vertical as well as horizontal tail plane.