DHL increases cargo capacity by 30% with new A300 service in Penang

By Freddie Pierce
DHL Express has increased its cargo capacity by 30 percent by offering a new A300 freighter service in Penang, Malaysia. The new A300 service, which op...

DHL Express has increased its cargo capacity by 30 percent by offering a new A300 freighter service in Penang, Malaysia.

The new A300 service, which operates 5 times weekly to Hong Kong, connects to DHL’s unique non-stop service from Hong Kong to Los Angeles (LAX) meaning customers in Penang will be able to utilise DHL’s one-day intercontinental express delivery service from Penang to all of the West Coast of the US.

The highly urbanized and thriving island of Penang plays an important role in Malaysia’s external trade as it is well integrated in the global manufacturing supply chain. Almost 61 percent of the exports go to China, United States, Hong Kong, Japan and Germany while 63 percent of imports come from China, United States, Singapore, Japan and Germany.

 In 2011, the state attracted RM14.04 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and has been an important backbone to the economy. This places DHL Express’ new A300 freighter service in a prime position to complement Penang’s vibrant trade activities.

“Penang is the top three most developed and industrialized state in the country and is the hub for the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER). The decision to add capacity to the route reflects DHL’s commitment to enhance our services offerings so that our customers will continue to enjoy efficient and reliable express and logistics services,” said Yasmin Aladad Khan, Senior Vice President, DHL Express Southeast Asia.

“The importance of Penang is evident from its contributions to the country’s overall gross domestic product. The introduction of the new freighter comes at an opportune time as it will see the A300 providing extra 30 percent cargo capacity and businesses can ride on the growing demands to expand their footprint overseas. As a new generation aircraft, the A300 not only offers greater reliability but helps us achieve greater per tonnage carbon efficiency as compared to the B727 that we are replacing. This underscores the company’s commitment towards ensuring a sustainable environment,” commented David Ng, Managing Director, DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei.

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