DHL Express and Japan Airlines (JAL) have inked a landmark deal, leveraging JAL’s Boeing 767-300 cargo aircraft to create a resilient network. The partnership, aimed at meeting the rising demand in the East Asia region, seeks to capitalise on the expanding international express and e-commerce shipping market.
As part of the collaboration, JAL, in tandem with DHL, will introduce a novel business model connecting Japan, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei, beginning February 19, 2024. This initiative strives to offer businesses and consumers a stable and sustainable air cargo network as they engage in international trade and purchases.
Responding to the robust growth in cross-border express shipments, DHL has fortified its infrastructure network, including the recent expansion of its Central Asia Hub, the largest facility in the Asia Pacific. With JAL’s new routes, DHL aims to further enhance its intra-East Asia network.
Yuichiro Kito, Executive Officer – Cargo & Mail of Japan Airlines, expressed, “This agreement solidifies the longstanding partnership between JAL and DHL. Operating our freighters for the first time in 13 years, we aim to contribute to solving social issues and drive our company’s business growth.”
Tony Khan, President and Representative Director of DHL Express Japan, emphasised the importance of the agreement, stating, “This new agreement with JAL is an important milestone for DHL as we continue to strengthen our air network between Japan and East Asia.”