Dear reader,

From left: Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Peter Gerber, Dr Martin Schmitt

Lufthansa Cargo celebrated its 20th birthday last year. Lufthansa Cargo officially commenced flight operations in January 1995, a few weeks after it was established as an independent company on 30 November 1994. The fleet comprised five McDonnell Douglas DC8 aircraft, ten Boeing 747-200Fs and two Boeing 737 freighters. Twenty years later, and the situation is quite different. Lufthansa Cargo now relies on MD-11 freighters and brand-new B777F aircraft. The jets have a maximum load of 103 tonnes, and they are quieter, more economical and produce fewer emissions than any other freighter in their class.

But it’s not just the aircraft that have changed over time. Our “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” strategy programme is making great progress. We are particularly pleased about our new partnership with ANA Cargo, which started in December of the reporting year. The joint venture provides our customers with a larger and more closely meshed network, with more direct flights, destinations and greater frequencies. The two airlines share freight handling facilities at central stations, allowing customers to benefit from shorter routes on the ground.

The implementation of other projects is also moving forward: the roll-out of a new IT system for freight handling worldwide has begun. The process of rolling the system out to our handling operations around the world began in May. But it’s not just in the air that we’re making advances: by establishing the “Air Cargo Community Frankfurt” at our home hub, we are strengthening Frankfurt’s position as an air freight location.

And the work is paying off. Even though the air freight market remains challenging, we were able to achieve an operating profit of EUR 100.3 million, an improvement of EUR 21.0 million compared with the previous year.

However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We are constantly looking for ways to improve how we tailor our products and services to our customers, make our processes more efficient and invest in innovative products.

Last year, for example, we focused specifically on key industries. We created a global team that specialises in the particular requirements of the oil and gas industry. The team is coordinated from Oslo. We will continue to pool our expertise in agriculture, the automotive sector and the pharmaceutical industry over the coming year. In this way, we want to remain our customers’ first choice when it comes to demanding, high-value specialised transport.

We also remain focused on being an “industry with heart”. Our partnership with the relief coalition Aktion Deutschland Hilft celebrated its first anniversary in 2014. And there is a definite need for logistics in times of emergency: at the end of the year under review, Lufthansa Cargo put on several aid flights for UNICEF to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, ensuring that vital aid made it to the region affected by the epidemic quickly and reliably.

Dear reader, an exciting 2014 is now behind us, along with two decades of air freight history at Lufthansa Cargo. We look forward to the next twenty years of Lufthansa Cargo, and would be delighted to have you with us on this path.

Kind regards, 

 

 

Peter Gerber Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht Dr. Martin Schmitt
Chairman of the
Executive Board and CEO
Board Member
Product and Sales
Board Member
Operations
Board Member
Finance and Human Resources