Southern Air to add Boeing 737-400s for DHL

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Southern Air will add five new Boeing 737-400 freighters to its fleet as part of a flying agreement with DHL.

The Norwalk, Connecticut based cargo operator will begin adding the aircraft to its fleet in early April and complete the addition by 1 August, says DHL.

Two of the aircraft will be placed in Venezuela, while the other three will reside in the USA, says Red Alexander, DHL Express Americas’ vice-president of aviation in a media release.

The firm plans to fly the 737s between Simon Bolivar International airport in Caracas, Venezuela and the Caribbean, serving Grantley Adams International airport in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago’s Picaro International airport. It will also fly from Caracas to Bogota’s El Dorado International airport and Panama City’s Tocumen International airport.

DHL Express is also planning 737 routes from its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport hub to Philadelphia International airport, Bradley International airport in Hartford and Lambert-St. Louis International airport.

“Southern Air continually strives to provide its growing, blue-chip client base with reliable, efficient, flexible solutions that best suit their needs,” says Southern Air’s chief executive Daniel McHugh. “We highly value our collaboration with DHL and will continue to enhance our fleet and air cargo capabilities in order to offer DHL safe, reliable and fuel efficient air lift at competitive costs.”

Southern Air also operates four Boeing 777 freighter for DHL Express. The operator announced in January it would extend leases on those aircraft for another decade.