Dachser is shoring up its charter programme on the HKG-LGG route with a long-term contract to offer ‘reliable’ air freight capacity from January 2022 to March 2024.
The forwarder plans to operate scheduled services using a dedicated Boeing 747-400F on the Hong Kong–Liège route, with payload of up to 100 metric tonnes each way.
“Demand for air freight is at an all-time high,” says Timo Stroh, head of global air freight at Dachser. “Air freight capacity is in extremely short supply. So we’ll continue to rely on a strong network with our own capacity and to plan early on, predictively, and long-term.”
The air and sea logistics unit says it is avoiding dispatch bottlenecks by operating at smaller airports like Liège (LGG) in Belgium, which is well connected to its overland transport network.
“Our integrated network expertise means we can offer a complete solution from a single source—from the factory to the end customer,” noted Stroh. “Especially in challenging times, ensuring stable and reliable market operations calls for intelligent and creative solutions.”
In 2021 alone, the logistics provider handled 175 charter flights involving twelve regular dispatch locations and 15 destinations. This year Dachser will rely on its air freight network to offer capacity on key cargo routes between Europe, Asia and the US.
“We’re responding to market demand by offering our customers planning transparency and reliable service through fixed transit times,” Stroh says.