A ‘Crew And Maintenance’ agreement has been signed between Singapore Airlines and DHL Express, with five Boeing 777Fs to be operated by the flag carrier on behalf of the international express services provider. According to DHL Express, the move will help it “meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets”.
The first example of the US-built widebody freighter is poised for a July 2022 delivery, followed later by a second jet this October; the remaining trio are expected to join “throughout” 2023.
These 777Fs are to be based at Singapore/Changi – serving DHL’s South Asia Hub – and will be adorned in a dual livery of the logistics company and Singapore Airlines (see picture). Pilots from Singapore Airlines are to operate these aircraft on rotations to “the United States via points in North Asia” while the Changi-based flag carrier will also oversee airframe maintenance.
According to the parties, an “initial agreement”, which is currently set for more than four years, has scope for “an extension”.
Lee Lik Hsin, executive vice president commercial, SIA (pictured), said: “[This] agreement builds on and strengthens the long-standing partnership between SIA [Singapore Airlines] and DHL. This new freighter operation will support the fast-growing e-commerce segment, in addition to other key business segments that rely on trusted express services that DHL excels in providing. It also provides a foundation on which the partnership between SIA and DHL can be further expanded in the future. Basing these freighters at [Singapore’s] Changi Airport will further reinforce Singapore’s position as a key air cargo and e-commerce logistics hub, contributing to its growth and development.”
Travis Cobb, executive vice president global network operations and aviation, DHL Express, added: “With the deployment of five Boeing 777Fs, 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 transpacific 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.”
At the time of writing, Singapore Airlines’ cargo division, using both dedicated freighters as well as belly space on passenger aircraft (from the flag carrier and Scoot), operates to more than 90 destinations worldwide. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines has recently committed to the Airbus A350F, initially inking a letter of intent (LOI) for seven examples at the end of last year, before finalising a purchase agreement with the European airframer for the type at the 2022 Singapore Airshow.
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