DHL fleet reductions

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DHL Air's Early Arrival
DHL is on track for a September launch of its new U.S. air hub, but it still must improve its ground operations, according to the company's parent company Deutsche Post.

DHL's Wilmington, Ohio, air hub is under budget and on schedule to open in mid-September, a month earlier than originally planned.

Designed to rationalize DHL's two existing U.S. air networks, the hub is a key component in its U.S. turnaround strategy, DHL Express Joint CEO John Mullen said. The million-square-foot facility will have 124 jet ramp parking capacity and will be able to handle 455,000 pieces per hour or 1.7 million pieces per night. DHL also is eliminating redundancies in its hub and air networks that will see its air fleet reduced from 256 to 90 by October.
Deutsche Post also said DHL reached better than 97 percent on-time delivery for all products.
Despite the good news, DHL said it still needs to weed out unprofitable delivery operations and push its U.S. ground operations to achieve the same performance as the air division.

Last month, the company took a step towards improving its ground service when it began constructing its East Coast distribution facility in Allentown, Pa. DHL plans to use the $107 million, 290,000-square-foot facility, one of 19 new ground sort centers in the United States, as its hub for surface delivery in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

The site will be devoted entirely to truck operations, which DHL said it believes will anchor its domestic express growth. DHL said the facility would open in September 2006
 

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ILN (It Lies Nowhere) is due to open on Sep 9th. True, it has 124 parking spots, but according to current plans 135 aircraft will be on the ground at peak hours. Someone has got some seriously interesting times ahead of him or her.

Am scheduled to visit the place last week of September.

Have heard, this side of the pond, that the downsizing of DHL owned aeroplanes has to do with the 25% foreign ownership rule, and preempt the FedUPS and their rather tireesome lawsuits.
 

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EuroWheenie said:
ILN (It Lies Nowhere) is due to open on Sep 9th.
ILN has been open for a couple of decades. It's sorted the vast majority of DHL's US air freight since the day that the acquisition of Airborne Express was complete.
 

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According to the CVG controllers,

DHL's last sort will be tomorrow nite (Fri eve/Sat am).

Isn't the CVG hub brand new?

Who or what happens to that?
 

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ACT700 said:
According to the CVG controllers,

DHL's last sort will be tomorrow nite (Fri eve/Sat am).

Isn't the CVG hub brand new?

Who or what happens to that?
The former DHL sort in CVG will be the repository for all of the parked ABX planes starting this friday. They are parking so many of them they don't have space in ILN to store them.
 

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LJ-ABX,

Sorry, my bad. What I meant to say was that the transition from CVG to ILN of all DHL activities will commence on the 9th. I do appreciate that ILN has been around for a fair bit longer.
 

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Just got back from the Hub in CVG. Tonight is the last night, all planes fly inbound to ILN tomorrow night. Everything was running on time tonight but who knows how things will run at ILN's first big night tomorrow with all of AStar there! The CVG controllers are letting everyone blast off 18L instead of the usual 27. Kinda of a way for the old noise makers (72's and such) to say their good-bye's to Northern KY and all the Noise complainers that live around here. Also heard tonight that ABX is flying up to 26 planes to CVG this weekend to park on the ramp in a "ready" mode, I guess in case they need them for ACMI work or something...
 
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Anybody know about how long Astar FE's take to replace the "E" with an "O"?
 
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