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Germany’s DHL Express announced the launch of a new round-the-world flight connecting Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Leipzig to enhance its services on key trade lanes between Asia and Western U.S. and Canada.

The new service, in effect from March 27, 2012, will provide market-leading transit time between Asia and Western U.S. and Canada.

It will offer a greater number of Asian locations, including key trade hubs Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Manila, and a significant number of cities throughout China with the benefit of next-day connection into Los Angeles and much of Western U.S. and Canada.

“This represents the first time that customers in many Asian cities will be able to enjoy a one-day express delivery service with any carrier on this important intercontinental lane,” DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, said in a March 22 press release.

A new onward connection from Los Angeles direct to DHL’s European air hub in Leipzig, Germany, will allow customers in Western U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, to order a pick-up from a DHL courier up to three hours later for their European shipments.

“Capacity and service reliability on this new route will be enhanced by the introduction of three Boeing 777F freighters, operated by Southern Air,” DHL said.

The company announced in September 2011 a multi-year agreement with Southern Air Holding Inc. to operate B777F freighters on intercontinental routes connecting the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. The first of these round-the-world routes—from Hong Kong to the express hub in Cincinnati to Bahrain and back to Hong Kong—is already in operation.

“The introduction of this new round-the-world flight by DHL will bring unrivalled benefits to our customers in all sectors in Asia, Europe the U.S. and Canada, and deliver reduced transit times on some of the world’s most important trade lanes,” said Ken Allen, CEO of DHL.

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