DHL has announced the launch of a new intra-Asia express air freight service to connect the economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong, through Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong respectively. The five times per week flight utilizes a converted Boeing B737-400SF freighter featuring a gross payload of 21 tons. The route will be operated by K-Mile Air of Thailand, a partner of DHL.
DHL states that this new intra-Asia flight is DHL’s response to the increased trade opportunities within Asia and its commitment to support customers tapping into these opportunities. Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific said, “We worked on improving our transit times for this route because we know the demand is there and that our customers will benefit from increased service efficiency in this area.”
DHL has been expanding its footprint in Asia as part of its global strategy and has been specifically targeting emerging markets. In September 2014, the company announced the launch of a $10m, 2,500 sq m service centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
DHL plans to make additional enhancement to its Asia air network. For example, it plans to increase the frequency of its intra-Asia service connecting Penang, Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Hong Kong from five to six days per week, thereby increasing capacity on the route by 20%.
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