Seven weeks after the B777F’s maiden flight to New York, the Lufthansa Cargo flagship has already travelled half the world.
Two of the total of five ordered Boeing 777 freighters are already in use at Lufthansa Cargo today. And they're collecting new continents like others collect stamps, taking in Asia, Africa, Europe and America. The two freighters, named “Good Day, USA” and “Jambo Kenya”, are thrilling customers and airfreight enthusiasts alike.
And not without good cause. After all, the new aircraft are quieter, have lower emissions and are more economical than any other freighter in their class. With a full payload of 103 tonnes, they are able to remain in the air for ten and a half hours. This means they can cover more than 9,000 kilometres, non-stop!
Following successful flights to North America and Europe, the first flights to Asia and Africa were scheduled for the start of the year. The initial destination for the "Good Day, USA" in the New Year was Cairo, Egypt's economic and cultural centre. Lufthansa Cargo’s "Triple Seven” received a fitting welcome there. For example, the crew was presented with a bouquet of flowers in the Lufthansa Cargo colours on arrival and congratulated on the aircraft’s first landing on the African continent. Following professional loading and unloading, the Cairo-based employees had to bid farewell to the aircraft again. The “Triple Seven” took off for the rest of the world loaded with some 94 tonnes, which mainly included delicious Egyptian strawberries.
The “Jambo Kenya” is also seeing plenty of the world at the moment and marked the first landing on the Asian continent. It touched down in Mumbai, India, at the start of January following a seven-hour flight. It was also almost fully loaded with around 90 tonnes of cargo. The “Triple Seven” is currently being used in scheduled operations between Europe and North America mainly. However, destinations all over the globe have been included on the schedule to best accommodate the many hours of flight training needed by the newly trained pilots.