DHL Air UK Boeing 757-200F G-DHKG - Photo : Johann Heske/Airways

MIAMI – In a move to strengthen its position in the European cargo market, DHL (QY) is creating a brand new airline located in Austria.

DHL has already engaged in actions destined to obtain the necessary clearance from the Austrian Civil Aviation Authority and, once approval is granted, establish the new airline and start operations, possibly within the current year. QY plans to use Boeing 757F aircraft to offer intra-european cargo services.

The Boeing 757 freighters will be transferred from DHL Air UK (D0), which, in turn, will add Boeing 777F to its fleet of 767F and transform itself into an intercontinental cargo carrier. QY expects to gain new strength from this new setup and offer its customers increased cargo capacity and meet an increased shipping demand in the region.

DHL Boeing 767-300ERF N284DH – Photo : Daryl Sarno/Airways

Preparing for a Rise in e-commerce demand

Roy Hughes, EVP Network Operations Europe at DHL Express, explains that the expansion is not meant to meet new regulations but to prepare QY European network for future growth. The new QY setup will render possible “a flexible and even more resilient airline network in Europe” that will tend toward a “better global integration by increasing our intercontinental flights”.

Thanks to the incredible rise in transportation demand from e-commerce, QY has registered the strongest quarter results over the last 50 years of cargo operations. QY “Time Definite International” shipments grew by more than 25% compared to Q1 2020.

DHL expects further growth of the e-commerce international demand, linked to the ever-accelerating online purchases and the growing digitalization of the business-to-business sector. To meet this future challenge, QY Express will remodel D0 and focus on intercontinental services with an increased number of flights from the UK to North and South America and Asia with a target date set for early 2022.

Tom Mackle, Managing Director at D0, explains that “the expansion of our intercontinental Express fleet in the UK by adding new Boeing 777s, the most modern and efficient freight aircraft, underlines our engagement and our commitment to meet changing customer needs, to continuously deliver excellent services and to also improve our carbon emissions footprint.”