Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3580 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
DHL is threatening to transfer its European hub of Brussels to Leipzig,Germany or Vatry,France. The origins of these intentions back to the tough noise abatement measures taken by BRU under the pressures of the Zaventem neighbourhood. DHL's A300s and MD-11s are considered noisy and so disliked for intercontinental and European night flights which make the backbone of the DHL traffic. According to a key DHL director, the airline may quit BRU or ask for a special permission to fly these undesired types until finding another quite type...
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3580 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2609 times:
Is the MD-11 so noisy ? What about the 727s and the early A300s ?!
BRU has established special night take-off and landing paths that may reduce noise "pollution" around the airport, but the problem is that constructing permits are still being delivered although the prohibiting law of 1977. Just this morning, i watched a report on RTBF in which houses were built just steps through the ATC tower and the noise abatement wall !!! A real pleasure for A.netters indeed !!!
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5086 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
The whole DHL issue has been the main headline on the news in Belgium for the last two weeks: it's a circus of grotesk proportions. The different governments in belgium are accusing each other of everying and anything, are accusing DHL of changing its mind halfway through the talks, and DHL accuses the government of changing the rules. Personally I'm surprised by the patience DHL has shown in this case. If I were them, I'd have given the middle finger to our 'fantastic' politicians a long time ago...
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4702 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2553 times:
If you take into account, who the major shareholder of DHL is nowadays and if you consider, how a combination of the DHL- with the overnight mail activities of the said main sharehodler would benefit the entire operation (e.g. economy of scale), you will understand, why Vatry is already almost certainly out of the race.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4176 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2550 times:
Have to agree with TriStar500. In addition, LEJ has already got approval to support DHL´s move to LEJ with some money. I suppose BRU will keep some operations, but it will basically move away from there.
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
If the plane is operating on behalf of Menlo Worldwide, wouldn't DHL just
have a blocked space agreement on the plane and hence not being
operated by DHL???? Menlo Worldwide is the former Emery Worldwide/
CFAirfreight and their U.S. hub is DAY, while DHL has their hub at CVG
The Red Baron From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 90 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
DHL have an alliance with Lufthansa Cargo and a lot of the MD-11Fs operated fly on LH flight numbers but carry mainly DHL product.
Nottingham EMA has 3x MD11Fs each weekday night...
CGN>EMA>JFK (GCO aircraft)
CVG>EMA>CVG (LH aircraft)
HKG>SHJ>CGN>BGY>EMA>CGN>HKG (LH aircraft)
So if there are Lufty MD11Fs passing thru BRU they are probably on DHL flights as is the World machine.
The vast majority of DHL's flights are on other carriers - eg Air Contractors, European Air Transport (wholly owned by DHL though) and lots of others.
If Bru doesn't want the MD11Fs then NEMA will have them
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
Yes, the whole DHL topic has been in all newspapers and discussed about on every TV station in Belgium for the past few weeks. It's becoming quite hilaric actually and a typical example of Belgian political inefficiency.
I wouldn't be surprised if DHL already made their decision to move most of their ops away from BRU a long time ago, no matter what they say in front of the camera.
I hope the best for the employees, but these surrounders of BRU are giving the politicians quite some nightmares. By surrounders, I do not only mean those living within 2km or so, but also those living away about 10 km away from BRU. It's quite horrible how all these action groups can almost block every single government here in Belgium (we do have quite some governments as a matter of fact).
My personal prediction: the Federal, Flemish and Brussels governments keep on discussion the next (few) week(s), way beyond any possible deadline and without making one inch of progress, and all of a sudden DHL makes a statement that they will move their European hub away from BRU.
Should this happen, I hope all those action groups rest their cases, feel good about themselves and who knows, maybe they'll start a discussion about freight trains or so?
MD11Engineer From Philippines, joined Oct 2003, 14476 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
DHL have a major hub in CGN (At night the ramp is more or less divided between UPS, who´ve got their European hub there, and DHL). There have been rumours for a long time about DHL expanding, and it looks as if something is starting. Currently the old LSG catering building is being torn down. There is talk that, together with the removal of the unused transit terminal, the Deutsche Post building and the fueling company office buildings, DHL creates the space to build a new, enlarged sorting hub, similar to what UPS is currently building.