Sorry, have been "on the road" for a while.
I'll try to make this short. Afraid we might bore some others on this tread.
Yes, there were plans in BRU
to make a huge facility on the "other side" but FedEx moved out, so for DHL it was cheaper to stay and then the Sabena story started.
HUB's in BRU
and ETZ. Is only an example of the capacity needs in this corner of Europe, with no possibility to expand at BRU
. Sound silly yes, but facts of life. Those worried about closure/movement of BRU
should maybe pay attention to this fact. Provides for a nice back-up though, as trucking between these 3 facilities can be done within a small timeframe.
was closed due to noise and the 727's you see in BRU
are still operational, but doing day rotations or in for service in BRU
. No firm info on what the plans are. Had the opportunity this weekend to have found out, but forgot. I'll try to sniff up some info.
DHL's size, well. Previous management made, in my view, the mistake in insisting that DHL was "crossborder international" therefore, not really interested in the US domestic market. Wonder what they thought the EU common market were?. And Brownie & Fatty was totally focused on the domestic market in the US. As said earlier, only going international in the early to mid 80's. Hence DHL's claim to have invented the international Air Express business, since DHL from the start in '69 were "almost" international. Hawaii to California is not really international, but it involved international shipping, as the first shipments were focused on bills of lading for ships. HKG
came on as the first really international destination in the very early 70's.
The majority of the Brownie & Fatty fleets are employed in the US, contrary to DHL's and they both do allot of general freight. DHL only started that a few years ago.
Belgian mentality....... well I don't think you should be to envious on the Dutch. They might appear as merchants, but where I come from, they are renown for falling into the "smart talk trap" quite often. All the right noises, not allot of action.
Roads in Belgium....... Having lived for some time in Eastern Europe too..... I must confess that, in general the Belgian roads are at par with most of those countries. In Russia, they joke about their roads, by saying that they were really only meant to give a general direction.
Word has it that there are two manmade things clearly visible from space. The great wall of China, and..... the street lights in Belgium.
Anyway, Established02, if you wish to have further info/details I think we maybe should take this off-line. Send me a msg via this page if you are interested and we can exchange details.