Express package operator DHL is poised to revamp its Middle East- based turboprop feeder fleet as it undertakes a major revaluation of its operations in the region.

Bahrain-based DHL's Middle East turboprop fleet comprises three Antonov An-12s, two Convair 580s and four Fairchild Metros.

"We will make a decision on the replacement of the Metros in the next few weeks," says DHL air operations Middle East general manager Paul Bishop. "We are looking at the Embraer Brasilia and Saab 340B, with a deal for four to six aircraft envisaged."

Bishop says that the acquisition is being discussed directly with manufacturers Embraer and Saab. "If we go with the 340B we would become launch customer for Field Aviation's bulk cargo conversion for the Saab," he says.

Both the Embraer and World Aviation Systems bulk cargo conversions for the Brasilia are being studied, he adds.

Source: Flight International