Wexco Group and Wexco NZ, subsidiaries of ECS Group, have announced they are partnering with DHL Aviation to provide GSSA services in Australia and New Zealand, effective December 1, 2023.
The four-year GSSA contracts were concluded at the end of September 2023. Since then, both companies have been preparing the smooth transition of sales operations for a total of 45 weekly flights: 26 from Australia and 19 from New Zealand.
Richard Valenzuela, Wexco general manager, said: “The wide variety of perishable commodities alongside regular horse shipments, make DHL Aviation a particularly interesting airline partner and we are therefore all the more delighted to enter into this partnership.
“With 550 tonnes of capacity to be filled each week, often with shipments requiring meticulous planning and expertise, our Wexco teams are able to demonstrate what they do best while playing a key part in DHL Aviation’s regional and international success.”
DHL Aviation connects to many international destinations out of Australia and New Zealand, including Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bahrain, US, and various European locations.
Its Australian flight schedule offers a Melbourne (MEL) to Singapore (SIN) connection five times per week, Sydney (SYD) to Singapore (SIN) operations seven times per week, Melbourne (MEL) to Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) five times per week, and Sydney (SYD) to Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) six times per week.
The weekly uplift consists of meat, chilled salmon and other perishable produce to Asia, whilst exports to New Zealand include general cargo, e-commerce, regular horse movements, and perishables, predominantly stone fruits.
Out of New Zealand, DHL flies from Christchurch (CHC) via Auckland (AKL) to Sydney (SYD) six times per week, and Christchurch (CHC) to Auckland (AKL) to Melbourne (MEL) five times per week, connecting with intra-Australian road feeder services where necessary.
Main commodities on these routes include fish, dairy, general cargo and horses to Australia, and meat, fruit, and seafood to destinations in Asia.
Nathan Vellasamy, vice president at DHL Aviation, air capacity sales, Asia Pacific, said: “DHL operates a fleet of more than 20 Asia Pacific dedicated aircrafts and is committed to ensuring reliable and efficient service performance, in particular when it comes to supporting trans-Tasman trade.
“We have invested heavily in Oceania over the past five years and partnering with equally driven partners is essential to the success of our challenging growth strategy.
“Wexco has a proven track-record as a highly professional, digitally advanced and unique GSSA and, as part of ECS Group, is another solid link in our well-functioning international partnership.
“We look forward to an excellent 2024 and beyond.”
Cedric Millet, managing director of Wexco Group and Wexco NZ and chief strategy and digital officer of ECS Group, said: “As Australia’s longest-serving GSSA since 1979, and two decades of existence in New Zealand, I can confidently claim that no one knows our regional air cargo markets better than Wexco does.
“Thanks to our team of highly skilled professionals, coupled with our customer centric business approach and state-of-the-art digital solutions, we are in an excellent position to provide DHL Aviation with the best possible representation it deserves.”
ECS Group now represents DHL in more than 20 countries across the globe.
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