DHL has bought three Boeing 747-400 converted freighters worth 100m euros to improve its service on high demand Asia Air Network routes.
The three B747-400 BCFs each have a payload of 100 tonnes, and will each will service three high capacity routes six days a week: Tokyo-Hong Kong,
Singapore-Hong Kong, Shanghai-Hong Kong.
The planes will be operated by Air Hong Kong, which is a joint venture between Cathay Pacific and DHL.
Currently, two A300-600 general freighters each with a 45-tonne payload, serve the direct routes between Tokyo-Hong Kong and Shanghai-Hong Kong. By September 2011, these will be redeployed to service five weekly services from Beijing-Hong Kong and Manila-Hong Kong, replacing two 24-tonne B727-200Fs planeswhich will be retired.