By James Ratemo
DHL is introducing six Boeing 767 planes to its air fleet to boost transatlantic services.
Operated by DHL Air (UK), the Boeing 767 Extended Range Freighter aircraft (ERF) will replace the shared capacity of MD-11F aircraft currently provided through a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo.
Due to its advanced engine technology and the winglets provided by Aviation Partners Boeing, the 767ERF stands out as one of the most efficient and environment friendly aircraft of its class.
The winglets will save approximately four per cent of fuel. With the Boeing 767ERFs, the company expects to save about 3,500 to 4,000 litres (about 1,000 US gallons) of fuel on a typical trip from the EU to the US and back.
Calculated for all six B767 ERF aircraft on the transatlantic route, five times a week, 52 weeks a year, this would amount to fuel savings of approximately 6,000,000 litres.
The first commercial flight left Leipzig airport, Germany, for the John F Kennedy International Airport on September 22.
Transatlantic trade has been at a continuously high level in recent years, with EU - US and US - EU trade flows reaching a value of $347 billion and $288 billion respectively last year.
"By introducing the Boeing 767 ERF into our DHL fleet, we are following our smart technology approach, which aims at achieving high efficiency gains through the use of the most modern technology available, wherever possible," said Mr Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Express Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express.
"Furthermore, operating this highly reliable new aircraft type on our transatlantic routes proves that we are serious about further improving our capacity for US and outbound international express services," he added.
Apart from its excellent fuel efficiency, the B767 ERF also shows very good carbondioxide (CO2) efficiency figures. With winglets, it emits around 3,150 tonnes of CO2 less annually than without them.
In comparison to the MD-11F aircraft, which has previously been used on DHL’s transatlantic routes, the B767 ERF uses 53 per cent less fuel per trip and produces 53 per cent less CO2.
With such characteristics, the B767 ERF plays a significant role in Deutsche Post DHL’s global GoGreen strategy, which foresees an improvement of the group’s carbon efficiency by 30 per cent by the year 2020, also to be achieved by re-fleeting measures.