As part of DHL Express’s ongoing efforts to modernize and expand its air fleet with cost-efficient and reliable freighters, the logistics company and Boeing said they have contracted for four 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF).
DHL said this action is a step in its plan to modernize its long-haul intercontinental fleet to fly eco-friendlier and more cost-efficiently. The aircraft are converted from passenger to freighter configuration by Boeing to fit the needs of DHL Express and meet the rising global demand for express services.
“We are excited to introduce additional B767 freighters to the DHL Express air network,” Geoff Kehr, senior vice president of global air fleet management at DHL Express, said. “We have operated the 767-300F model across our global fleet for many years and look forward to continue investing in the platform by adding more 767-300BCFs. The freighter type offers a proven versatility and we appreciate the opportunity to further enhance efficiency while simultaneously improving our environmental footprint. This brings us closer to our Strategy 2025 goals and ensures we deliver the best quality service possible to our customers.”
The 767 freighter family boasts the lowest direct operating costs, best payload-to-weight ratio and allows airlines to develop new opportunities in the long-haul, regional and feeder markets, the companies said. The 767-300BCF has virtually the same cargo capability as the 767-300F production freighter, with approximately 50 tons structural payload at a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles and 412,000 pounds maximum takeoff weight.
“Boeing is committed to delivering the freighter capacity that DHL needs to succeed as one of the most trusted logistics and express cargo leaders in the world,” Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing at Boeing, said. “Boeing has received 51 orders and commitments for the 767-300BCF to date.”
In its 2025 strategy, DHL expects further growth of cross-border e-commerce trade and, as a result, increased demand for intercontinental delivery expertise. Its goal is a well-connected global network while reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption to benefit the environment, partners and customers.
Since 2019, DHL Express has also added 14 top-of-the-line fuel-efficient Boeing 777Fs to replace older 747-400s. DHL Express operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines on more than 3,000 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.
Last month, Amazon leased 12 Boeing 767-300 converted cargo aircraft from Air Transport Services Group, as the e-commerce giant and other package delivery specialists adapt to meet the changing needs of customers by investing in ways to provide fast delivery.