The plane will operate on the local market at least for five years, said Gian Sharp, country manager for DHL Romania. The replacement was prompted by company operations on the local market. The firm intends to extend its vehicle fleet by an additional 120 by year-end and to increase its retail presence by 20 percent on the local market.
DHL Romania is expected to increase its turnover by 30 percent this year from more than EUR 30 million in 2006. It has 26 retail points in 23 cities in Romania and a fleet of 230 vehicles.
The logistics company's development for 2007 includes the upgrading of call center activities and connection to the Leipzig hub by the end of the year, from the current local hub, Bergamo. Up to 60 new people will be added to the firm's local team.
The company's air express market share is estimated by DHL at 40.8 percent followed by TNT with 30.2 percent and UPS with 14.4 percent share.