DHL Express adds Boeing 777 link from India to Germany

DHL has added a new direct flight from its hub in Leipzig, Germany, to Bangalore in India. The company said the addition of the Boeing 777 Freighter service came in response to growing demand for air cargo into and out of South India.

The new service originates from Bangkok and singapore, and will operate five times per week under the banner of AeroLogic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo.

DHL said India is a “high growth market” for its express services, and as a result it is investing in extra staff and infrastructure in the region, to more than double its dedicated air network capacity.

South India is an important part of India’s economy, the company added.

DHL Express, which already has an in-house customs clearance facility at Bangalore, will offer more than 100 tonnes capacity in its new Boeing 777 Freighter, which should provide better flexibility and cut-off times for shippers in South India.

R.S. Subramanian, country head for DHL Express India, said: “It is our focus to align our network and services to the needs of our customers. The freighter in Bangalore is a part of this focus in boosting our air network capacity and will help our customers in South India enhanced transit times to Europe – which continues to be a key market across industries, especially for the textiles, automotive and leather industries. It will also provide improved connectivity from key Asian markets into South India.”

DHL currently operates more than 20 aircraft in the Asia Pacific region, while also making use of more than 500 commercial daily flights covering 70 destinations.

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