A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter flew to Haiti on 22nd february with 65 tonnes of relief supplies on board for the earthquake victims in the stricken country. The freighter, which took off from Dusseldorf Airport at 11.50 hours, has been chartered through the Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency, a Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary, by the METRO retail group. Another MD-11 special flight chartered by the METRO Group is scheduled to follow in early March. A Lufthansa Cargo freighter had already airlifted relief supplies to Haiti on 25 January.
The freighter was loaded overnight with tents, diesel generators, satellite phones, tools, personal hygiene items and cooking pots as well as materials for schools and children’s toys. Since the airport at Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, is reserved primarily for military use, the freighter landed in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. From there, the relief supplies were trucked to Haiti.
Lufthansa Cargo has frequently operated emergency flights to disaster areas. The two new special flights operated at cost price will allow the METRO Group to ship urgently needed relief supplies to the quakestricken region cost-efficiently and quickly. On all three flights together, the German cargo carrier will have transported more than 200 tonnes of relief aid to the Greater Antilles.