DHL has launched twice-weekly B747-400 service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, a flight that improves transit times to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane by at least one day. Polar Air Cargo Worldwide is operating the flight, which addresses the projected 20-percent surge in cargo volumes between the U.S. and Canada to Australia this year. “Providing capacity and capability ahead of the curve for DHL customers is fundamental to our global aviation strategy,” Stephen Fenwick, CEO for DHL Express Americas, said in a statement. “This new flight offers a significant transit time improvement for our customers in North America and Oceania — supporting their growth along vital intercontinental trade lanes.” DHL returns to CVG via Hong Kong International Airport.
Boeing has delivered its 50th 747-400BCF to Evergreen International Airlines, eight years after the aircraft manufacturer launched its 747-400BCF conversion program. This aircraft will complement Evergreen’s fleet of 10 747s, including one 747-400 freighter and nine 747-200 freighters.
UPS announced that it expects to complete its acquisition of TNT Express in the fourth quarter of 2012. The U.S.-based integrator had initially hoped to close the $6.77 billion deal in the third quarter, but pushed back the date after EU regulators reportedly needed more time to analyze it.
Southwest Airlines Cargo has launched the Cargo Companion, an asset-tracking service that alerts customers about the location and environmental status of high-value and time- and temperature-sensitive freight. Southwest Airlines’ Wally Devereaux said the new service will benefit members of the cargo community by “improving operational efficiencies and minimizing the impact of delays within the supply chain.”