DHL Express launches helicopter delivery service

The Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter can carry over 300kg of letters.
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DHL has launched a helicopter delivery service in the UK that promises next day delivery on packages from New York, Boston and Chicago.

The new service, a first for the UK, will ferry up to 300kg of packages between London's Heathrow Airport and major London business district Canary Wharf.

Fully operational from February, it follows similar operations launched in New York and Los Angeles.

The trip from Heathrow’s cargo terminal to a helipad on the Isle of Dogs, in the East End of London, will take 20 minutes in a helicopter, compared with two hours by car.

"This new service from DHL Express offers even greater speed and reliability to our customers," John Pearson, chief executive of DHL Express Europe said.

"For the financial and professional services sector in particular, time really is money, so we are always looking for innovative, more efficient ways to move our customers' shipments."

The Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter will be operated for DHL by Heli-Charter and each letter or parcel will cost customers between $10-$20 to transport.