AeroLogic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, is expanding its network, following delivery of two additional aircraft last month. The company is now introducing new daily flights from Leipzig to Hong Kong, four of them non-stop, and weekend flights from Frankfurt to Atlanta and Chicago during the current winter schedule. The new additional destinations and increased frequency of non-stop flights will help both parent companies to strengthen the service offerings to their customers. Demand for Europe to Asia and Europe to U.S. remains stable, despite the weakened world economy, and is expected to increase in the mid term.
Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express, commented on the network expansion: "AeroLogic’s new routes offer excellent opportunities for DHL Express. Trade between Europe and Asia remained at a high level during the recent crisis, indicating a structural demand in both regions for the other’s products and commodities."
Carsten Spohr, CEO Lufthansa Cargo, added: "With destinations in North America we can now further expand our dense network to the United States. Especially on weekends we see a high demand for capacity from and to our hubs in Atlanta and Chicago. With the Boeing 777 the Lufthansa Cargo Group can now offer its customers three different freighter types: the MD-11 of Lufthansa Cargo, the Boeing 747-400 of Jade Cargo International and AeroLogic´s Boeing 777."
AeroLogic took delivery of two additional B777F aircraft in December and with a fleet of four is currently the largest operator of the B777F worldwide. The B777F is the most efficient and environmentally friendly long range wide-body freighter aircraft available. AeroLogic expects delivery of four additional B777F aircraft in 2010 (planned for June, July, September and December). With these aircraft, the airline can expand its route system to include further destinations and will achieve its originally planned network size and reach in the beginning of 2011.
Due to the use of the most modern technology available, AeroLogic can ensure a highly reliable, commercially and ecologically sound service to DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo customers. The airline established many new Europe-Asia routes when it went operational in summer last year, among others the express routes Leipzig - Bahrain - Singapore - Delhi - Leipzig on weekdays and the cargo routes Leipzig - Tashkent - Hong Kong - Leipzig on weekends.