DHL Express launches inaugural passenger-to-freighter A330-300 as part of rapidly-growing Asia Pacific air network

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  • One out of four of the converted A330-300 cargo aircraft in the world has made its maiden flight to Penang, bearing 33% more load capacity per flight that runs 6 times a week
  • DHL Express to deploy at least three more A330-300s as regional and global e-commerce volumes grow

PENANG, March 13, 2018 – DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has welcomed its first ever Airbus A330-300 aircraft at its Penang Gateway. Malaysia is the first country in the world to operate the first of four A330-300s that will join the DHL Express fleet under a new passenger-to-freighter (P2F) deal with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore Technologies Aerospace. The flight will also be servicing the Vietnam and Hong Kong markets. With 33% more freight capacity per flight, DHL Express aims to strengthen their delivery capabilities across its network, while enhancing its capacity to deliver more shipments than ever before.

The A330-300 P2F will provide additional high-volume, low-density capacity in Malaysia with a gross payload of 61 metric tons. It will import and export goods 6 times weekly from Penang to Hong Kong. The converted A330-300 P2F features a range of updates including reinforcements to its fuselage, floor structure, door frame shell, newly-installed safety barrier nets and a powered cargo loading system. These additional features will ensure the timely and safe delivery of all goods being shipped.

Christopher Ong, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia & Brunei shared: “Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing regions driven by e-commerce trade. By welcoming our first A330-300 P2F aircraft, we are ready to service increasing e-commerce volumes from Malaysia, which is expected to show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9% from now to 2022 .

“Malaysia’s trade performance is also forecasted to maintain its growth momentum and hit RM1.8 trillion in 2018 . Being the only logistics company in world to own and operate the A330-300 P2F aircraft, DHL will be able to enhance service standards and match e-commerce merchants’ and buyers’ demands. As we embrace the fourth industrial revolution, our improved capabilities will further support Malaysia’s economy by facilitating our customers’ access to the global markets,” commented Christopher.

Christopher continued: “Our eyes are fully set on investing in the future. We have pioneered passenger-to-freighter conversions since 1997, and our innovation in efficiently expanding our fleet is aimed at further strengthening the DHL Express regional network.”

Together with the world’s first A330-300 P2F aircraft, the Penang Gateway will continue to play a major role in facilitating greater connectivity to the key markets with a total fleet of two aircraft, 30 vans, 25 trucks and 9 bikes.