Lease agreement signed with Texel Air to operate Boeing 737-800BCF
DHL Express MENA recently launched a direct flight from Bahrain to Istanbul, following the signing of a lease agreement with Texel Air whereby DHL has contracted the cargo operator’s Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft for this route.
This move supports DHL’s Middle East network optimization strategy which aims to increase air efficiencies and enhance transit times.
The new Bahrain-Istanbul-Bahrain flight will be operated six times weekly and will significantly reduce transit times by 24 hours for time definite shipments between Turkey and the Middle East, capitalizing on an overnight service and earlier arrivals into DHL’s new Istanbul facility.
“We are continuously assessing market needs and creating routing solutions to maintain a well-connected international network and better service high demand destinations; and the Istanbul flight is one in a series of new route additions we will be launching this year,”observed Richard Gale, Head of DHL Aviation Middle East and Africa.
The contracted Boeing 737-800BCF has a maximum gross payload capability of 23,950KG and is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, supporting DHL’s objectives of improving its environmental footprint in line with its zero-emissions strategy. “We strive to form partnerships with industry specialists and to enable them to meet their targets through the provision of resourceful cargo solutions complemented by uncompromised level of customer service,” commented George Chisholm, Texel Air Director.