Logistics service provider DHL Express has said it is adding four 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to its fleet.

The move is part of the company’s efforts to upgrade its long-haul intercontinental fleet.

Boeing repurposed passenger aircraft to freighter configuration to meet the requirements of DHL.

DHL Express global air fleet management senior vice-president Geoff Kehr said: “We are excited to introduce additional Boeing 767 freighters to the DHL Express air network.

“We have operated the 767-300F model across our global fleet for many years and look forward to continue investing in the platform by adding more 767-300BCFs.

“The freighter type offers a proven versatility and we appreciate the opportunity to further enhance efficiency while simultaneously improving our environmental footprint.

“This brings us closer to our Strategy 2025 goals and ensures we deliver the best quality service possible to our customers.”

The medium wide-body twin-engine Boeing 767 freighter family offers low direct operating costs and best payload-to-weight ratio.

The 767-300BCF is capable of carrying a 50t structural payload at a range of approximately 3,000nm, which is same as the 767-300F production freighter.

Boeing commercial sales and marketing senior vice-president Ihssane Mounir said: “Boeing’s 767 freighter, whether it is a production or converted option, offers an unmatched combination of capacity and capability, as well as superior economics. We are delighted DHL has selected Boeing platforms to optimise their operations.’’

In March, Etihad Cargo decided to use its Boeing 787-10 aircraft fleet as passenger freighters to support its cargo-only service amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.