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Super Bikes!

The Superbike World Championship in Doha. Almost 350 trunks have to be transported to the Persian Gulf for the event. Lufthansa Cargo’s team of charter experts make it possible – thanks to Network-on-demand.

Johanna Koch takes a deep breath as the cockpit door of the Boeing 777F at Frankfurt Airport is closed: “Right, that’s a wrap!” For the Key Account Manager of Network-on-demand (NOD), very busy two weeks have successfully come to an end. José Duarte also feels relieved once the plane is airborne. Duarte and his colleagues from the so-called Loadability Team have been “playing Tetris” for days, and finally allocated the space required for 348 trunks weighing a total of 113 metric tons on board a B777F and in the cargo holds of three passenger aircraft.

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A few weeks earlier, the NOD Team had received an email from Barcelona, in which Station Manager Rolf Karlsson asked whether it could organize a full charter to Qatar. Nippon Express wanted to fly dozens of motorbikes including equipment from Frankfurt to the final race meeting of the Superbike World Championship in Doha on behalf of the Spanish sports agency Dorna.

Nippon Manager Albert Lopez sent notification of 95 tons comprising 290 individual parts of varying sizes. “It was obvious,” says Johanna Koch, “that we would require at least an MD-11F.” The first rough calculations, however, convinced the Loadability colleagues that a larger B777F would be a wiser choice and that additional capacity on at least two passenger aircraft to Doha would be needed.

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After Johanna Koch had again flown to Barcelona to discuss the details with Alberto Lopez, Dorna Manager Robert Berenguer and the local sales colleagues, it was clear: “We need the Triple Seven.” In the meantime, 95 tons and 290 individual parts had become 113 tons and 348 trunks.

The Loadability Team did some recalculating. At the same time, the NOD Desk tried to clarify whether a B777F would in fact be available on the desired date. This was not the case. An alternative had to be found. One option was the Triple Seven that was scheduled to fly to Mumbai on that date. NOD Team member Björn Greifenstein contacted the responsible colleagues. The answer was welcomed with relief: “We could also make do with an MD-11F.”

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This was followed by the standard checks: is the runway at the destination airport long enough, are handling and refueling guaranteed, are there enough loading devices, are there special import restrictions or even embargo stipulations? The list of questions that need to be answered before every charter flight is long. In this case, however, they had been ticked off quickly: “Lufthansa operates passenger flights to Doha daily, and we were also there many times with our freighters,” says Daniel Schlattner, Senior Manager Adhoc Network Adjustments & Charter Services.

His department takes care of individual customer service and ensures a seamless chain of transport. From full charter, the stopover of a scheduled aircraft through to the utilization of cargo space on passenger aircraft, Network-on-demand offers customized solutions. This pays off: whereas the NOD Team was able to sell 50 flights in the first year following the reintegration of the charter business, the figure had already increased to around 60 in 2015.

The two Superbike World Championship races in Doha, by the way, were won by the Aprilia riders Jordi Torres from Spain and Leon Haslam from Britain. It was already clear before the meeting, however, that Jonathan Rea would be the 2015 World Champion. He had established an unassailable points lead in the previous races. But the time after the World Championship is always a run-up to the next World Championship: Rea is already training for the coming season, in which he intends to defend his title just as convincingly. And Lufthansa Cargo’s Adhoc Network Adjustments & Charter Services Team would again like to play a part in the Superbike racing circus in 2016 – and at the same time beat its own record of 60 set in the previous year.     

THE THREE CHARTER OPTIONS.

  • When more space is needed: 
    With a full charter the customer can reserve the entire aircraft.
  • When less space is needed:
    With a split charter the customer gets as much space as required.
  • When the destination happens to be Greenland:
    With rerouting, flights are also organized to destinations that are not otherwise part of Lufthansa Cargo’s network.
  • Any questions?
    network-on-demand@dlh.de

Photos:

Stefan Wildhirt

planet 01/2016

The two Superbike World Championship races in Doha, by the way, were won by the Aprilia riders Jordi Torres from Spain and Leon Haslam from Britain. It was already clear before the meeting, however, that Jonathan Rea would be the 2015 World Champion. He had established an unassailable points lead in the previous races. But the time after the World Championship is always a run-up to the next World Championship: Rea is already training for the coming season, in which he intends to defend his title just as convincingly. And Lufthansa Cargo’s Adhoc Network Adjustments & Charter Services Team would again like to play a part in the Superbike racing circus in 2016 – and at the same time beat its own record of 60 set in the previous year.

The three charter options.

  • When less space is needed: 
    With a split charter the customer gets as much space as required.
  • When the destination happens to be Greenland:
    With rerouting, flights are also organized to destinations that are not otherwise part of Lufthansa Cargo’s network.
  • Any questions?
    network-on-demand@dlh.de

 

Photos:

Stefan Wildhirt

planet 01/2016