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DHL introduces first air freight flights from Melbourne to Auckland

  • November 24, 2020 03:28 PM AEDT
  • Team Kalkine
DHL introduces first air freight flights from Melbourne to Auckland


  • DHL Express, international logistics firm has introduced its first direct air freight service from Melbourne to Auckland.
  • Many SMEs in Australia and NZ are switching to express delivery services that have led to a more than 40% rise in DHL Express Australia's inbound and outbound volumes since May 2020.
  • Between 2020 and 2022, DHL Express Asia Pacific will spend approximately EUR 690 million on infrastructure growth across key markets in the country to improve capacity and productivity. 
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DHL Express unveiled its first nonstop air freight flight from Melbourne city to Auckland. The move has been taken to accommodate the boom in e-commerce market propelled by COVID-19 and constant increase in Victorian exports to the Tasman.

The air freight would leave Melbourne 5 nights a week at 11:30 PM and fly to Auckland, Christchurch and return to Melbourne at about 10:30 PM the next night.

Gary Edstein DHL Express Oceania chief executive stated that he and his team have been running a Trans-Tasman service from the last 20-odd years, and it has always been operating out of Sydney. It runs Auckland-Sydney-Auckland each night, and the Company has been sending all its volume up from Melbourne to Sydney.

DHL Express is the world's leading logistics company with above 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe. The DHL divisions offer a portfolio of logistics services like parcel delivery both nationally and overseas, e-commerce shipping, industry supply chain management, etc.

Over the past year, DHL Express shipment volumes from Melbourne to NZ have jumped 49%, making the path one of the fastest expanding in the Oceania region for DHL. After China and the United States, DHL stated that NZ is Victoria's 3rd largest export destination, purchasing about 7.6% of Victoria's exports. 

Oceania Investments

In Australia and New Zealand, many small and medium-sized companies that have historically focused on economy services, are gradually transitioning to express distribution services. This trend has led to a rise in the inbound and outbound volumes of DHL Express Australia of more than 40% since May 2020.

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DHL Express has dramatically expanded the number of dedicated flights to and from Australia to about 30 daily services a week from 10 prior to COVID-19. This also includes a new flight between Melbourne, Auckland, and Christchurch, and a recent 4 times a week flight between Sydney and Hong Kong S.A.R.

Strong position in e-commerce

On 12 November, DHL Express declared an investment of circa EUR 690 million between the years 2020 and 2022 to develop and expand in significant growth markets of Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

The Group had also expressed its intention to spend close to EUR 60 million to strengthen its Asia Pacific air network such as establishing direct and new (e.g. Vientiane, Yangon), and frequent (e.g. Oceania) flight routes.

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DHL has witnessed a rise of 50% in e-commerce shipments in the Asia Pacific, excluding China region, since the beginning of this year. The increased infrastructure and new flight routes in the Asia Pacific would help the Company handle an exponential increase in the number of shipments and meet the ever-increasing demand for express delivery in time.


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