DHL has announced the latest addition to its aircraft fleet family in Southern Africa, a Boeing 737- 400F. The aircraft will carry out flights five days per week from Johannesburg, providing same-day service between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
This aircraft, which is the first of its kind for DHL in the Southern Africa region, will be the fourth B737-400F aircraft in its Sub Saharan Africa dedicated air network. The aircraft will carry out flights five days per week from Johannesburg.
The new aircraft has a payload of up to 21 tons over the planned route, which is over 200% higher than the effective capacity of the ATR-72 aircraft previously operating on this route, and can also accommodate three times as much volume.
More importantly, it will reduce the flight time between Johannesburg and Harare by over 35 minutes, ensuring an earlier arrival and later departure for DHL shipments from Lusaka.
“The increase in capacity of the new aircraft brings a new level of reliability and quality of service to the market. We will be able to adjust our aircraft operations to accommodate future increases in demand from the market by introducing even larger aircraft from our fleet where necessary. These developments will allow us to better fulfill our obligations to our customers both in Southern and Sub Saharan Africa,” says Malcolm Macbeth, Vice President, DHL Aviation Middle East and Africa.
“The growth in business activity across the entire region, the development of international trade relations, and the expansion of companies into regional markets require that the express delivery market provide simple, fast and effective delivery solutions. The new aircraft reaffirms the commitment of DHL to develop and drive the express delivery market in Africa,” adds Hennie Heymans, CEO DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa.
The aircraft is equipped with a Category III C system which enables it to operate in unfavourable weather conditions.