“I felt like a little child”

The first winner of the #NetworkingTheWorldContest has redeemed his prize and travelled to a Lufthansa Cargo freighter station.

In the first round of the Lufthansa Cargo social media competition, entitled "Show us your best photo – taken at one of your favourite places in the world", around 5,500 images were submitted via Facebook and Instagram. In the second round, 50 selected finalists had to demonstrate their photographic and journalistic talents once again. Lufthansa Cargo will send five lucky winners from this round to Johannesburg, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Istanbul. Just like the slogan: discover the fascinating world of air cargo. As the very first winner, Austrian Philipp Kurz was lucky enough to fly to Los Angeles in mid-January and is now reporting back from his trip into the world of Lufthansa Cargo.

“The next time I eat almonds from California or buy roses from Kenya in Germany, I will recall my experiences in the world of air cargo at the Lufthansa Cargo station at Los Angeles International Airport. After my arrival at the local station, I got to know the family-like team at LAX and the sales, screening and steering processes that ensure the global supply chain of our networked world.

But shipping goods by air freighter is not as simple as it may sound. Many different characteristics of the cargo influence their transport to places all over the world – for instance how dangerous, fresh, heavy, expensive, urgent or alive they are. But so much for the theory – Lufthansa Cargo flight LH8230, arriving at LAX from Frankfurt via Chicago at 13:15, was my personal highlight of the day. Frankly, for a so-called aviation geek like me, I felt like a little child when I was able to explore the new flagship of Lufthansa Cargo’s air fleet.Equipped with two of the biggest and most powerful aircraft engines in the world, the Boeing 777F is a truly stunning aircraft. But the air freighter, which is the youngest in the fleet of Lufthansa Cargo and is named “Olá Brazil”, was quickly prepared to make its way back to Frankfurt, ensuring that all of us can stay physically networked with the rest of the world. An exciting and also – due to jet lag – quite exhausting day at the local station, where I learnt a lot about the world of air cargo, was rounded off by a magnificent dinner that I took as an opportunity to find out more about the world of aviation.

“Dankeschön” and “Thank you very much” for the great experience!”