DHL has launched a new intra-Asia flight, connecting the economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The flight commenced on 3 November, connecting Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong five times per week. Utilising a newly converted B737-400SF freighter featuring a gross payload of 21 tonnes, the route will be operated by K-Mile Air of Thailand, a partner of DHL. The new route shortens the transit time for intra-Asia shipments to and from Hanoi to one day, allowing businesses and consumers to enjoy earliest arrival time and latest departure time to and out of the city, respectively. Its introduction also eases congestion faced by DHL’s bustling hub in Hong Kong.
Along with the opening of the new route, DHL also upgraded the air route Penang-Hong Kong-HCM City on 7 November from five to six days per week, which has contributed to increasing the capacity to handle the volume of shipments to 20 per cent on this route. The increase in the number of A300-600F aircraft enables DHL customers from Penang and Ho Chi Minh to have requested Saturday delivery services to and from Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, and Bangkok.