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Headline: DHL Express launches inaugural passenger-to-freighter A330-300 as part of rapidly-growing Asia Pacific air network
ThePenang-Ho Chi Minh-Hong Kong flight will bear 33% more load capacity per flightthat runs 6 times a weekDHLExpress to deploy at least three more A330-300s as regional and globale-commerce volumes grow
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 14 March 2018 – DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider,has deployed its first ever Airbus A330-300 in its air network, servicing thefast-growing markets of Malaysia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong with 33% more freightcapacity per flight. The aircraft is the first of four A330-300s to join the DHLExpress fleet under a new passenger-to-freighter (P2F) deal with ElbeFlugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore TechnologiesAerospace, flying six times a week. DHL Express launches inaugural passenger-to-freighter A330-300 as part of rapidly-growing Asia Pacific air network
With a gross payload of 61 metric tons, the A330-300will provide additional high-volume, lower-density capacity in Asia Pacific, cateringspecifically to regional e-commerce activity which, in 2017, accounted for 40%of global e-commerce sales.Following its conversion from passenger to freight use, the A330-300s feature arange of upgrades including reinforcements to its fuselage, floor structure,and door frame shell; newly-installed safety barrier nets; and a powered cargoloading system.
“E-commerce is expected to generate US$1.365 trillionin total retail sales Asia-wide this year, a number that will more than doubleto $3 trillion by 2021,”said Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific. “The introduction of thepassenger-to-freight A330-300 marks a significant step forward in enhancing ourservice standards to match the evolving needs of our customers, e-commercemerchants and other businesses tapping into intra-Asia trade growth.”
The first A330-300 will serve markets withparticularly high e-commerce trade volumes, including Malaysia with a compoundannual growth rate of nearly 18% from now to 2022;and Vietnam, where the local e-commerce market is growing at 35% per annum.Subsequent A330-300s slated for deployment later this year will also focus onintra-Asia connections as the region’s middle-class — and its consumption rates— continues to expand. 
“Rising income levels and Internet access have powereda veritable e-commerce revolution in Asia’s cross-border trade,” said Sean Wall,Executive Vice President, Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express AsiaPacific. “Yet there’s still immense upside despite the amount of growth so far.The new A330-300s will provide the cost-efficiency and high-volume capacity —carrying more than 20% extra cargo than other mid-range cargo aircraft — neededfor businesses to take advantage of these intra-Asian opportunities.”
The A330-300 deployments form the latest stage of DHLExpress’ ongoing investments in its air freight infrastructure, with future planneddeployments of the A330-300s aiming to increase payload capacity by up to 50%compared to current aircraft. “As a pioneer in P2F aircraft conversions since1997, DHL continually looks to bolster the strength of its dedicated airnetwork in Asia Pacific with a combination of new investments and designinnovation,” Wall said. “As our maiden A330-300 cargo service arrives in ourhigh-traffic Penang Gateway, we expect many more such services to transform ourAsia Pacific network in the near future.”
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DHL Express launches inaugural passenger-to-freighter A330-300 as part of rapidly-growing Asia Pacific air network
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