06/03/2020, 12:30 PM CEST

DHL expresses appreciation to its employees on a Boeing 757 plane

The labeled aircraft, a customized Boeing 757F, is spreading a 'Thank You' message throughout Europe and beyond.

The DHL "Thank you" aircraft is being used as a normal network flight with the registration number G-DHKF and different destinations across Europe and beyond.

  • DHL Express shows its gratitude to everyday heroes in health care and logistics alike that keep crucial infrastructure running 
  • The labeled aircraft, a customized Boeing 757F, is spreading a 'Thank You' message throughout Europe and beyond

Bonn - DHL Express came up with a special gesture to thank frontline workers amid the Coronavirus pandemic. A DHL aircraft with rainbow symbols and huge stickers saying 'Thank you' shows DHL Express' gratefulness for all essential workers who keep operations and its network with hubs and gateways in more than 220 countries and territories up and running.

"We're excited to express thankfulness for our brave people as well as all the courageous health care and nursing personnel who guarantee that our world can keep going in the current global crisis" says Alberto Nobis, CEO DHL Express Europe. "Thanks to their efforts, we are able to maintain the stability of supply chains and critical infrastructure. With our special aircraft we want to emphasize our deepest gratitude and respect for their selfless actions and willingness to fight for a good cause."

DHL Express has strongly demonstrated the resilience of its intercontinental network and that it is a reliable partner for all of its customers as all hubs and gateways have been fully in operations through all days of the Covid-19 crisis. With approximately one million Time Definite International (TDI) deliveries per day and an aircraft fleet of more than 260 dedicated planes, DHL Express strives for excellence in customer service despite the pandemic. Among them were several time-critical deliveries of medical equipment to take part in fighting the spread of the Coronavirus and in saving as many lives as possible.

"We have unique people and an unique network. We are proud of both as these assets are the crucial pillars for supporting our customers with highest quality services, in their daily business and to overcome any crisis" comments Roy Hughes, Executive Vice President of Network Operations Europe. We will continue to work on keeping all of our operations up and running for our customers while maintaining our employees' safety."

The DHL "Thank you" aircraft is being used as a normal network flight with the registration number G-DHKF and different destinations across Europe and beyond. Until now the aircraft has stopped in 23 different countries and 32 different gateways including Germany, UK, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Spain, and Morocco to name just a few. Further stops in Israel, Portugal and Austria are planned. To spread the message even more and to engage colleagues, Network Operations Europe started "Rainbow & Heroes", which is a campaign aimed at encouraging colleagues to share their best pictures of the aircraft in different facilities through Europe. To reach additional colleagues at the DHL aprons and inside the hubs and gateways a transport container (ULD - Unit Load Device) has been labeled with a "Thank YoULD" message as of end of May. This container which is used for transport the express shipments, will be flown through Europe and therefore seen from many employees as possible. The DHL employees can also sign this container with a message to their colleagues from other hubs and gateways in the different European countries of DHL's unique network.

Steven Hanisch, Supervisor Ramp at DHL Express Hub Leipzig, adds: "We are all in this together and it is my job to support our customers in all situations as best I can and to keep operations running. Nevertheless, I am very pleased when our work is appreciated, especially in these uncertain times. And - or maybe even more - the contribution that the Health Care Workers make every day deserves recognition. That is why I am proud to be part of this company."

Detailed flight schedule of the special aircraft:

Date

Airport

City

Country

06.05.

LEJ

Leipzig

Germany

06.05.

EMA

East Midlands

UK

07.05.

SNN

Shannon

Ireland

08.05.

GVA

Geneva

Switzerland

10.05.

CGN

Cologne

Germany

12.05.

WAW

Warsaw

Poland

13.05.

PSA

Pisa

Italy

14.05.

BCN

Barcelona

Spain

15.05.

NTE

Nantes

France

16.05.

HEL

Helsinki

Finland

17.05.

LHR

London

UK

17.05.

SOF

Sofia

Bulgaria

18.05.

SKP

Skopje

Macedonia

19.05.

FRA

Frankfurt

Germany

19.05.

ZAG

Zagreb

Croatia

19.05.

BLQ

Bologna

Italy

20.05.

VNO

Vilnius

Lithuania

20.05.

RIX

Riga

Latvia

21.05.

CDG

Paris

France

21.05.

CMN

Casablanca

Morocco

22.05.

MAD

Madrid

Spain

24.05.

KBP

Kyiv

Ukraine

26.05.

OTP

Bucharest

Romania

26.05.

VCE

Venice

Italy

27.05.

BRU

Brussels

Belgium

27.05.

MRS

Marseille

France

27.05.

MLA

Malta

Malta

28.05.

CPH

Copenhagen

Denmark

28.05.

ORB

Örebro

Sweden

31.05.

ATH

Athens

Greece

31.05.

SKG

Thessaloniki

Greece

01.06.

LTN

Luton

UK

02.06.

AMS

Amsterdam

Netherlands

03.06.

VIT

Vitoria

Spain

03.06.

LIS

Lisbon

Portugal

04.06.

TLV

Tel Aviv

Israel

05.06.

LNZ

Linz

Austria

Tim Rehkopf

Spokesperson for the topic DHL Express

Deutsche Post DHL Group
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 20
53113 Bonn
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)228 182 9944

Twitter: @dpdhl_rehkopf