Press Release

TNT expands airfleet capacity

Publish Date : 14 May 1998 at 11:47 CET - Following the opening of the new European Express Centre at Liége, Belgium, TNT today announces the next step in its expansion plans. Over the next four years, the company will invest hundreds of millions of Dutch Guilders with the purchase of 14 Airbus A300B4 freighters.

Starting September 1998, the Airbus aircraft will gradually be introduced to replace 10 B727-200 aircraft, currently on lease, and will increase the capacity of TNT's fleet by 50 per cent within the next few years.

The extra capacity is necessary to accommodate TNT's anticipated growth of 15-20 per cent per year, while at the same time reinforcing the company's commitment to developing a comprehensive and dedicated fleet to service its customers throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

The A300B4 has a gross payload of 45 tonnes and offers significant economic and environmental advantages when compared to the B727. The new aircraft has twice the cargo capacity of the B727s, and operates well within the Chapter 3 noise regulation requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Fred Beljaars, TNT's Vice President of Operations, said: “Our strategy is to expand the number of airports we serve, to bring larger aircraft onto the routes, to lower unit costs and to combine air and road pick-ups."

“TNT is expecting double-digit growth well in to the next century. It is, therefore, essential that we operate a fleet capable of maintaining our unparalleled service levels to our expanding customer base, and we believe that our investment in this fleet of widebody freighters will help us to achieve this.”

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