- DHL transported nearly 400 tons of race-related
cargos, from planes and parts to hangars and pylons, via air and sea for the final
race in Chiba, Japan on 7-8 September
- This is the fifth year that DHL Global
Forwarding has supported the Red Bull Air Race with end-to-end freight
handling, customs clearance, and documentation
JAPAN - Media OutReach - 9 September 2019 - For DHL Global
Forwarding, the final lap for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship
commenced a month ago, when 22 containers of race equipment began their ocean-bound
journey with the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight
By the time that DHL awarded the "Fastest Lap
Award" on Saturday, September 7 -- given to Martin Šonka, the pilot who achieved
the fastest time on a single lap of the racetrack -- the logistics provider has
transported nearly 400 tons of freight including airplanes, hangars, pylons,
and anchors for the World Championship's final event in Chiba, Japan.
"The Chiba race marked the exciting end to 14
years of a sport unmatched in the world of aviation," said Erich Wolf, General
Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. "From the beginning, the Red Bull
Air Race has always been about advancing the boundaries of what's possible.
From season to season we have done just that -- with the progression of our
pilots and teams, with ever-more sophisticated racing technology, and by
finding solutions for the operational complexity of staging this dynamic
series. We're incredibly grateful to our partners for helping us to deliver an
exciting climax in Japan, including DHL Global Forwarding for giving us a
rock-solid logistics and supply chain foundation."
For the final race in Chiba, DHL Global
Forwarding transported more than 240 tons of race equipment via ocean freight
from the USA, Netherlands, and Austria, while 155 tons of time-sensitive cargos
like planes and parts were shipped in from the previous race at Lake Balaton,
Hungary in less than 12 hours. The process saw DHL manage all customs,
documentation, and last-mile trucking of its cargo -- ultimately involving more
than 130 vehicles -- to ensure the utmost degree of compliance and safety for
pilots and race visitors alike.
"Over the past five years, we've refined our
logistics solution for the Red Bull Air Race to add as much certainty as we can
to the highly variable operating environment in which the motorsport series is
staged," said Charles Kaufmann, President/Representative Director -- DHL Global
Forwarding Japan K.K. and CEO -- DHL Global Forwarding North Asia/South Pacific,
who presented the iconic DHL Fastest Lap Award trophy at the culmination of the
2019 World Championship. "With the global sports market expected to see
accelerating growth in the next three years, driven predominantly by growth
in Asia Pacific at nearly 10 percent per annum, we believe
demand for high-intensity sporting events and the necessary logistics solutions
will only continue to rise. That gives considerable cause for optimism even as
we bid farewell to the iconic Red Bull Air Race this year."
50 Years DHL
In 2019 DHL is celebrating 50 years since the
company's founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. DHL began
as a disruptor to the traditional delivery industry, circumventing bureaucracy
with an innovative new service to deliver documents by air overnight. Since
then, DHL has grown into a globe-spanning family of DHL companies with about
380,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories that covers the entire
spectrum of logistics and supply chain services. DHL's customer-centricity and
can-do culture have fueled five decades of innovation -- from the DHL 1000, one of the first word processing computers in the world,
to using the purpose built StreetScooter, an environmentally friendly delivery
vehicle powered by an electric drive and developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group.
With the Mission 2050 commitment to reach zero group-wide emissions by 2050,
DHL is continuing to be a trailblazer in the logistics industry.
DHL -- The logistics
company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family
of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from
national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment
solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial
supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220
countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses
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decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".
part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61
billion euros in 2018.
ABOUT RED BULL AIR RACE
2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has held more than 80 races
around the globe. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's
best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed,
precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes,
pilots hit speeds of 370 km while enduring forces of up to 12G as they navigate
a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014,
the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop
the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for
the World Championship.