DHL to showcase new fleet at Bahrain show
Manama, January 18, 2012
As Bahrain gears up for its second international air show, DHL has announced it will showcase its upgraded fleet by introducing its Boeing 757-200 aircraft for visitors to view.
A DHL Boeing 747-400 aircraft will also take part in the fly-by on Saturday.
DHL, the international specialist, has been in Bahrain for 35 years. The kingdom is the host of DHL's regional hub and has provided it with continuous support over the years.
DHL has invited its clients from all over the region to attend the event as guests of DHL Express.
"This year's Bahrain International Airshow 2012 is a key event for DHL Express, and reinforces the kingdom's position as a gateway to the rest of the Middle East and a logistics hub for the region," DHL Mena chief executive Nour Sulaiman said.
"Last year's show saw $1 billion worth of deals signed by international participants, and the unprecedented growth the aviation sector is experiencing over recent years is expected to continue well into 2020, so I expect to see this figure increase at the 2012 show," Sulaiman said.
"We now employ 1,200 staff in Bahrain, of whom 90 per cent are nationals, and will continue to support the community by taking part in key events such as the air show, which bolsters the kingdom's economy and provides all of us in the aviation industry with a valuable platform to showcase our services to trade partners and the public," he added.
DHL Aviation, the Bahrain operation, is the central platform for the company's air network operations across the Middle East, and covers a vast geography, encompassing almost 90 countries.
"During 2011, DHL added two Boeing 757-200PCF aircraft to its existing fleet of over 20 in Europe and the Middle East and Africa region in response to the needs of our customers," noted Sulaiman.
"They began operations during the fourth quarter of last year and have proved their worth in the demanding environments that we operate in here in the Middle East."
"The B757 provides capacity to transport up to 30 plus tonnes of material and affords us the capability to operate into more restricted airfields than the other aircraft types currently being operated from our hub in Bahrain," he added.-TradeArabia News Service