DHL 'Double Decker High-Loader' set to revolutionize airline catering deliveries
- Vehicle design brings a 70% increase in load capacity with no increase in dimensions on the road
- Predicted to cut operating costs by approx. 20 percent including lower fuel costs
Working with High-Loader specialist Mallaghan Engineering, DHL devised a new design which meets all current length, height and width restrictions in transit.
DHL today launches a new concept in airline catering vehicles with the 'Double Decker High-Loader'. The vehicle design1 brings a 70% increase in capacity over traditional high-loaders with no increase in overall dimensions on the road.
With customers increasingly requiring long haul catering service support, DHL set about optimizing efficiency throughout the long haul supply chain. A key objective was to increase the capacity of the High-Loader while complying with global operating standards which set restrictions on height, length and width.
Working with High-Loader specialist Mallaghan Engineering, DHL devised a new design which meets all current length, height and width restrictions in transit, but whose roof rises during loading and unloading to provide operators with a safe working height of 1.8m.
Thanks to lower fuel costs and other improvements, the new design is predicted to cut operating costs by around 20 percent.
- Patent pending
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Unveiling of the new design
The 'Double Decker High-Loader' is the latest in a series of innovations DHL has introduced in recent years.
Speaking at the unveiling of the new design, Paul Richardson, Managing Director Specialist Services, DHL Supply Chain said: "As part of our 'GoGreen' program, we are committed to delivering significant environmental improvements for our customers. The 'Double Decker High-Loader' is the latest in a series of innovations we have introduced in recent years, including the teardrop trailer - now a familiar sight on UK roads - and our award-winning "Rail Kit" which has shifted over 300,000 general merchandise products a week from road to rail, cutting 750,000 road miles and saving over 800 tons of CO2 every year. The initial response from our customers suggests the new 'Double Decker High-Loader' is set to have an equally dramatic impact."