DHL Express will substantially renew its fleet in the Middle East by yearend by replacing most of the 767-200Fs in operation with DHL International, its Bahrain-based affiliate airline.
The move will also increase the capacity DHL can offer in the Middle East and Africa region.
DHL told Cargo Facts that it intends to place all six of the 767-300 conversions currently yet to be redelivered with DHL International, and that only three 767-200Fs will remain in the Bahraini carrier’s fleet.
DHL announced an order for three 767-300 conversions plus one option with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in June 2020, then followed that in July with an order for four 767-300 conversions with Boeing.
The express integrator has since acquired eight ex-American Airlines 767-300ERs — all built in 2002 or 2003 — for conversion, and has already taken redelivery of two freighters, one each from IAI (33087) and Boeing (33083), with the former arriving in Bahrain in March and the latter entering service with Panama-based DHL Aero Expreso that same month.
DHL International had six 767-200BDSFs — all between thirty-five and thirty-eight years old — and confirmed to Cargo Facts that it has already removed one (23146) from service, returning it off lease to Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) in March. DHL said it will return two more (22787 and 23143) later this year.
With the six additional 767-300Fs expected to join by around October 2021, DHL International’s fleet will consist of four 767-300BDSFs, three 767-300BCFs and three 767-200BDSFs, with an average age at least ten years younger than before the upgrade.
DHL currently has two 767-300ERs (33086 and 33081) at the Mexicana MRO facility in Mexico City (MEX) for IAI conversion, arriving November 2020 and February 2021, respectively, and three (33085, 33082 and 33089) that arrived at the ST Engineering facility in Singapore (QPG) for Boeing conversion in February and March. The final aircraft (33088), which DHL purchased in April, will soon likely also head to MEX.
Meanwhile, DHL also has nine 767-200BDSFs in its U.S. fleet, five (22566, 22570, 22571, 22572, 23058) operated by Atlas Air and four (23017, 23018, 23019, 23140) operated by Amerijet.