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Introducing Direct Express – Australia.

The fastest, most reliable air cargo service from the Midwest to Australia.

Offering a Sunday PM departure, with a 6:00 am cut-off time

DB Schenker’s ‘Direct Express – Australia’ offers just what its name implies – direct, expedited, scheduled B777 freighter service from Chicago to Sydney, Australia every Sunday. No other freight forwarder provides faster freighter service from the Midwest to Australia making this service ideally suited for the automotive, industrial and pharmaceutical industries particularly where temperature controlled storage solutions are a must. We are electronically linked to Australian Customs offices which allows ‘wheels-up’ pre-clearance of shipments before the flight arrives at its destination. This allows for the fastest clearance and delivery possible. And with DB Schenker’s extensive Australia network, your shipments can be expedited for direct delivery to other major Australian markets, in most cases, by the next day. Full shipment visibility is available via eSchenker, our web-based portal that gives you the real-time information you need to follow-up your shipment from pickup to delivery – all with one single point of access.


  • Get direct 777-300 freighter service to Sydney, every Monday via Chicago. With a payload over 102 metric tons, the 777-F provides more capacity than any other twin-engine freighter as well as being one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft effectively reducing carbon emissions as compared to most other aircraft currently in service
  • With a 23:00 Sunday departure, with a 6:00 am cut-off time.
  • Uniquely suited for one-stop logistics in the automotive, industrial and the pharmaceutical industries with secure and reliable temperature controlled storage solutions both in Chicago and Sydney
  • With a Tuesday morning arrival in Sydney, shipments are Customs cleared with same day connections for next-day delivery to most major markets in Australia
  • With the ability for block space agreements, you can get guaranteed lift during heavy or peak periods of the year
  • Shipments remain under DB Schenker’s single-source control
  • Our eSchenker web portal, gives you 100 percent shipment visibility from pickup to delivery
  • Get a wide range of shipping solutions for heavy and outsized products that can’t be loaded on to passenger aircraft including hazardous materials
  • Overall, get reliable lift with consistent, cost-effective service options that reduce the chance of short shipments, pilferage, and damage as well as expediting collection in Australia
  • Get competitive rates for any and all shipments

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At DB Schenker, we believe quality is what the customer says it is. Quality can be physically measured. So, if all the measurements add up to what the customer defined or needed, then what has been provided is quality. (Source: American Society for Quality – ASQ; Pocket guide to Q9001:2000) 

Quality is at the heart of DB Schenker Global Airfreight Network. We are a founding member of Cargo iQ (formerly known as Cargo 2000). This organization has created the basis for an industry wide Quality Management system with tight audit procedures and certification process. Within the DB Schenker Global Air Freight Network there is a strong culture of continuous improvement. We are working in partnership with supply chain stakeholders to achieve quality improvements across the entire air freight network. 

Cargo iQ also underpins the DB Schenker Quality Management System, enabling us to support the corporate strategy. 

Aside from quality, we strive to set and maintain a ‘best in class’ standard for a secure air freight logistic chain. Thus, protecting our personnel, business partners, customer’s valuable goods, and our facilities. 

DB Schenker and our partners adhere to existing global, regional and local security laws and regulations while maintaining our customer service commitments. 

At DB Schenker we think it is important to be proactive when it comes to security. We take every opportunity to contribute to the decision-making processes of authorities and key organizations. By helping to develop best practice guidelines we can ensure that our own policies and procedures are robust.

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