ChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1623 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
Though UPS and FedEx have the first two slots in the U.S. market, DHL is larger on a world-wide scale.
Wonder why no A-380 order for them? How would it look in the yellow/red?!
Today, DHL is the world's largest and most experienced international air express network with service to 120,000 destinations in more than 220 countries and territories. DHL maintains its position as the world's leading international air express network by continually expanding and upgrading its network of offices, hubs and gateways.
ER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2894 times:
As a DHL employee, let me answer this one - we didn't order the A380 because there are no routes where we could fill it. The A300 is plenty large enough for our needs. The express division doesn't fly heavy freight as a rule, unlike UPS and FED-X. Heavy freight goes via the DHL Danzas division using commercial airlines rather than DHL/Airborne/ABX equipment.
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
Quoting ER757 (Reply 4): Heavy freight goes via the DHL Danzas division using commercial airlines rather than DHL/Airborne/ABX equipment.
That's the point. DHL's fleet strategy is different from that of Fedex or UPS. The share of chartered aircraft is far bigger. Lots of smaller carriers fly for DHL in DHL colors. So the number of DHL airplanes that can be seen, is a little misleading as regards the size of their operations.
And if Fedex and UPS, each with a fleet of a fewa hundred airplanes, only buy 10 A380s each, it becomes pretty clear that this bird is too big for DHL ...