The article was jointly written by Ajinkya Gurav & James Field
LONDON – DHL Express and Singapore Airlines have entered into a new CMA agreement with Singapore Airlines deploying its Boeing 777F freighter on behalf of DHL, the leading international logistics and express courier service provider.
The new Crew and Maintenance Agreement (CMA) marks a new era of DHL expansion strategies of intercontinental connection to offer its ever-growing customer base and staggering demand in the supply chain and shipping industry within emerging economic activities in Asia and beyond.
The new paradigm of CMA of DHL and Singapore Airlines will be based at Changi International Airport and will be serving DHL’s south and east Asia hub, with sporty dual DHL and SIA livery.
The flight operations will be executed by Singapore Airlines pilots on scheduled flight routes to the United States via their flight points in Northern Asia.
Under the new CMA, the initial agreement is drafted for four years with the further opportunity of extension at the expiry.
Under this agreement, the first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by July 2022 following October 2022, and the remaining three to join the fleet by 2023 end.
Speaking on this occasion, Executive Vice President Global Network Operations and Aviation of DHL Express, Mr. Travis Cobb said:
“With the deployment of five Boeing 777 freighters, we can expand our express service linking the Asia Pacific region with the Americas. Following the pandemic, we see good prospects for strong growth in trans-Pacific trade lanes.”
“By collaborating with Singapore Airlines, we see a unique chance to establish a long-lasting relationship with a long-time partner who shares common values and operates at the highest standard.”
This news also falls alongside DHL Express’ intentions to order six additional Boeing 777 Freighters, bringing the order book total of the type with the carrier to 28.
Commenting on the news was Geoff Kehr, the Senior VP of Global Air Fleet Management at DHL Express:
“With the order of six new, large widebody freighter aircraft, we continue to invest in our future and further enhance the capability and reach of our global air network.”
“The Boeing 777 Freighter is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class and will connect DHL’s global hubs in Cincinnati, Leipzig, and Hong Kong as well as serving other key markets”.
“We are committed to providing the highest quality and efficient services to our customers while at the same time lowering our carbon emissions by modernizing our fleet with the most efficient aircraft type available.”
“The new aircraft will significantly contribute to our aspiration to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to under 29 million tons by 2030.”
Also commenting on this news was Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s Senior VP of Commercial Sales & Marketing:
“DHL Express’ continued confidence in the 777 Freighter is testament to the airplane’s outstanding capabilities in supporting global cargo demand”.
“The 777 Freighter’s unmatched operating efficiency is enabling DHL to meet its sustainability commitments by reducing carbon emissions and contributing to its overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.”