INTERNATIONAL freight company DHL Express says it will use a Boeing 767-300F freighter aircraft with 50% more cargo capacity for its Trans-Tasman lane.
The Boeing 767, which is to replace the Boeing 757, is expected to offer express, overnight delivery between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, five times a week.
DHL says latest figures show New Zealand remains the top export market for Australian businesses, with 61% of exporters sending goods across Tasman.
DHL Express Oceania chief executive and senior vice president Gary Edstein said aviation was central to their business.
“The Boeing 767 aircraft will enhance the efficiency and speed of delivery, with the latest technology for communications, navigation, enhanced safety systems, and automated roller systems to assist with loading and unloading,” Mr Edstein said.
“We are incredibly proud to be the only logistics company with a dedicated aircraft across the Trans-Tasman lane. Over the last decade, trade between Australia and New Zealand has steadily increased, making New Zealand one of our largest services trade partner,” he said.
“And with this purpose built freighter aircraft, we will ensure that we remain competitive for many years to come.”
The DHL Express Boeing 767 is said to offer operational flexibility and a digital flight deck allowing it to support time-critical deliveries.
DHL Express transports a range of goods between the two countries, including “time critical” deliveries such as medical supplies and equipment.
“DHL Express will continue to support businesses operating via the Trans-Tasman trade lane, with the service standards that customers have come to rely on,” Mr Edstein said.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group.