A helicopter service to transport documents and other urgent items from Heathrow to the docklands has been launched by DHL Express.

The service will operate between the airport’s cargo area and a helipad on the Isle of Dogs on a daily basis.

The company unveiled the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, which can carry more than 300kg cargo, at its Heathrow hub on the Great South-West Road, and said it will be used to move parcels to London’s financial district.

It will operate a daily service, avoiding traffic and cutting journey time into Canary Wharf and the City of London by up to an hour.

The new service will also boost the connection between financial centres in the USA and UK, as packages from New York, Boston and Chicago can now reach the capital in just 24 hours.

John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express Europe said: “This new service from DHL Express offers even greater speed and reliability to our customers.

“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.

“With the first ever scheduled delivery service by helicopter in the UK market, we are demonstrating DHL’s commitment to connect UK businesses to global markets and support them in their international trade activities.”

This is the third helicopter service to be introduced following successful launches in New York and Los Angeles.

The helicopter is operated for DHL by Heli-Charter Ltd.