Tuesday 27th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

DHL helicopter chops City deliveries down by an hour

DHL Express has launched a scheduled helicopter delivery service, guaranteeing next-day delivery between the City of London and New York, Boston and Chicago.

Bypassing traffic, the helicopter will cut by one hour delivery time to Canary Wharf and the City of London from DHL’s Heathrow hub, which will be serviced by a daily flight from the US cities.

An express courier will be on call to meet the helicopter and provide final mile delivery to financial services, consulting and legal businesses.

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John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express Europe, said: “For the financial and professional services sector in particular, time really is money, so we are always looking for innovative, more efficient ways to move our customers’ shipments. With the first ever scheduled delivery service by helicopter in the UK market, we are demonstrating DHL’s commitment to connect UK businesses to global markets and support them in their international trade activities.”

This is the third helicopter to be introduced to the DHL aviation network, following launches of services in New York and Los Angeles. The DHL helicopter, a Bell 206 Jet Ranger, is operated for DHL by Heli-Charter and can transport over 300 kg of letters and packages.