(Sep 16, 2020) - DB Schenker has launched an extensive global charter flight operations program to mitigate the capacity impact for our customers and provide secured capacity on key trade lanes. The charter program has been extended in preparation for the upcoming peak season and required freighter capacity. It is the priority to provide stable connections during the current volatile airfreight market situation and airline flight schedule changes. The charter flights are connecting they key world’s leading economies in the world covering trades between China, USA, Middle East and India. Freighter capacity has been a key supply due to the flight cancellations caused by COVID-19. DB Schenker has setup approximately 10 connections per week between Shanghai, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Hong, Chicago, Atlanta, Dubai, Bombay and Frankfurt. In addition, some part charter flights have been contracted on other trades such as Hongkong to USA as well as Hongkong to Europe.
The peak season in 2020 is expected to lead to a capacity shortage due to the global capacity situation, extensive passenger flight cancellations and airline fleet groundings. Please reach out to your DB Schenker Account Managers to prepare a joint reviewing of your forecast and provide solutions to ensure capacity access on your impacted trades. We are confident to be your supplier of choice during this volatile market situation providing the best possible solutions!
(Sep 1, 2020) - Market demand is increasing especially ex Asia Pacific leading to the expected peak season situation. As capacity remains short, rates are increasing especially out of the major key export countries. Overall, the spike in volume is again reflecting how volatile the market remains and how critical proper supply chain planning has become during COVID-19. Even though various airlines announced passenger flights to return to the market, the impact is very limited. The number of flights only increased incrementally compared to previous months especially international long-haul flights. Many aircrafts remain suspended and currently COVID-19 is considered to impact the airfreight market until at least 2024.
➢ We kindly request for your support on a close collaboration to ensure we plan for a smooth peak season and work hand in hand between your local DB Schenker team and yourself during this critical time to keep supply chains stable. It is our ambition to be your provider of choice for your airfreight transportation and to offer you a capacity situation that enables your business to be successful
Our console charter flight schedule now includes the following flight operations:
➢ Europe – China – Europe: 4 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Hongkong – Europe: 2 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ China – USA: 3 flights per week (B747-400F)
➢ Europe – USA – Europe: 3 flights per week (MD11F and B747-400F)
➢ USA – Australia: 1 flight per week (B777F)
➢ Europe – India – Europe: 1 flight per week (B747-400F)
(Sep 16, 2020) - All offices remain in full operation with access to terminal handling and ground transportation. All our European hubs deliver import and receive export freight with no backlogs recorded towards the weekend.
Operationally, our linehauls to and from the hubs are running as scheduled. In some areas, our cross-border trucks might experience some minor delays.
(Sep 16, 2020) - As of Sep 14, Indonesia authorities have reimposed large scale restrictions effective for two weeks. Logistics and Transport remain classified as essential services and hence are NOT affected particularly. Though resurging COVID-19 infections are evident and tight controls remain in some countries across APAC, our air freight operations remain stable and available to support customer needs. Delays are expected in customs clearance and transportation as lockdowns in some countries affect availability of workforce, including ports, airports, etc. Alternatives to move / transport cargo via other gateways / routes are established. Customers may contact the respective DB Schenker representatives for support or solutions if required.
As APAC countries are opening with the majority allowing manufacturing activities, capacity is expected to remain volatile. We remain vigilant in monitoring the situation, to mitigate events with potential impact to operations.
Having recently launched our Global Flight Operations program, we have established air charter initiatives to provide stability particularly with India and China markets.
➢ We also have put additional charter programs (such as for Intra-Asia SG to IN and others) in place. Do get in touch with your DB Schenker Account Managers for further details.
(Sep 16, 2020) - Overall, the air freight operations in the countries remain uninterrupted even as Oman, Kenya, and South Africa slip into partial curfew. We continue to serve our customers. Our regional and global preferred carriers are seen to gradually increase the frequency of passenger cargo flights.
No operational restrictions for air cargo business
Qatar, Kenya, Oman, South Africa, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt
Restrictions for operational air cargo business
➢ Please contact your DB Schenker Account Manager for more information on additional routes.
(Sep 16, 2020) - USA – China
➢ Sufficient capacity for USA exports to key destinations in China. Large number inbound scheduled freighter flights and charters continue supporting USA exports providing capacity to meet demands on the return leg.
➢ Rate levels are relatively low but remain above pre-COVID-19 levels.
USA – Asia (excluding China)
➢ Destinations with tight capacity continue to be Australia and India from all USA origins. Korea and Singapore with tight capacity and some backlogs from the USA eastern gateway cities of JFK, ATL and MIA. Market pricing moderating from prior highs, but still well above pre-COVID-19 levels.
➢ Flight operations via the DB Schenker Euro Hub in FRA – BOM and Part Charter capacity from ORD – SYD are supporting these high demand destinations.
USA – Europe
➢ Further charter flights have been launched with the Global Flight Operations Program to provide additional air cargo capacity to Europe. These flights are connecting Atlanta and Chicago with Frankfurt, Germany and other surrounding Central European markets.
➢ Market demand is moderate but growing. Market pricing has stabilized after some downward movement during the summer. As countries continue with ‘reopening’ renewed demand with its upward pricing pressures is anticipated, becoming more acute in the 4th quarter.
➢ DB Schenker maintaining round trip freighter Flight Operations: 3 x week ex ORD & ATL to FRA and back.
USA – Latin Am / Latin Am to Europe and APAC
➢ Intra-Americas: Market demand is moderate with sufficient freighter capacity to most destinations from the USA to Latin Am. Exceptions being USA to Peru, Chile and Bolivia where capacity is tight and hampered by freighter services changing scheduled movements. Market pricing is trending higher North America to Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina and most Central American countries.
➢ South America exports to other regions: Sufficient capacity but market pricing much higher. Some passenger flights returning, but far from previous frequencies and not providing much additional capacity. The principle carriers for the region have declared chapter 11 bankruptcy (re-organizing). Services continue but with some minor flight scheduling disruptions / delays, which are more pronounced into Peru, Chile and Bolivia as noted.