DHL has increased the frequency of its dedicated flights between Hong Kong and Beijing. The move is in response to growing demand for cargo capacity, fueled by higher trade activity between Hong Kong and mainland China, the carrier said. With newly added weekend flights, DHL is now offering a 10-times weekly dedicated service on the route. It will utilize a larger Boeing B727-200F aircraft operated by Air Hong Kong under a 60-40 joint venture between Cathay Pacific and DHL. The bigger plane, able to carry 24 tons per sector, gives customers an overall 58-percent increase in payload capacity. DHL said it foresees sustained growth in cargo volumes between Hong Kong and China's mainland. Trade on that route has been registering double-digit growth in recent years, buoyed by strong Chinese exports. Two-way trade figures in 2006 rose 21.6 percent, to $166.2bn, according to figures cited by DHL from China's Ministry of Commerce. DHL's Asia Air network currently covers more than 30 destinations in 16 countries and territories.
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