Solutions for the future of airfreight

Innovative passive containers for temperature-sensitive transports are now available directly from Europe’s leading cargo airline.

 Frankfurt, 27 October 2017

va-Q-tec, a leading supplier of high-performance thermal containers, and Lufthansa Cargo will be cooperating in the passive temperature-controlled container market in future. Due to the new cooperation, the containers from va-Q-tec are now available worldwide at numerous stations of the cargo airline. Customers with pharmaceutical goods in particular profit from the combination of the close and extensive network of Lufthansa Cargo with the advanced container rental service of va-Q-tec.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the innovative va-Q-tainer directly to our customers. The broad portfolio of Lufthansa Cargo is thus being expanded to include an excellent choice in the passive refrigeration segment”, said Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Head of Product and Sales of Lufthansa Cargo at the signing of the contract.

Dr. Joachim Kuhn, CEO of va-Q-tec, added: “Our thermal containers provide five days temperature stability under even the most challenging conditions. These high performance containers will now be directly available through Lufthansa Cargo. This will have a very positive effect on Germany as the fourth largest pharmaceutical market in the world. We are very proud to have won Lufthansa Cargo as a strong partner not only in Germany but also in Asia, India, the USA and South America.”

The high-quality temperature controlled containers (“va-Q-tainer”), now offered by Lufthansa Cargo, provide temperature controlled solutions for six temperature ranges from -70°C to +25°C in five sizes, taking up to two US pallets inside. These advanced passive thermal containers offer constant temperature control over several days without the need for external energy sources. The award-winning technology enables safe transport of temperature-sensitive goods all over the world.

After the beginning of the expansion of its Cool Center, the launch of the world premiere “Road Feeder Service Cool” and the rollout of a special sun-reflective film for all temperature-sensitive shipments, Europe’s leading cargo airline is continuing its push in the area of refrigerated freight with this new offer. Lufthansa Cargo offers its customers many years of experience in the transport of temperature-controlled freight. At Lufthansa Cargo’s home-city hub in Frankfurt, customers of the airline benefit from the in-house Cool Center with the latest infrastructure, cooling rooms maintained at different temperatures, a deep-freeze compartment and direct access to the apron for the fastest possible loading. Thanks to the cooperation between va-Q-tec and Lufthansa Cargo, the high-performance va-Q-tainers are now also available there.

va-Q-tec

va-Q-tec is a leading provider of highly efficient tech products and solutions in the field of thermal insulation and cold chain logistics. The company develops, manufactures and sells innovative, thin vacuum insulation panels (“VIPs”) and phase change materials (“PCMs”) for reliable and energy efficient temperature control and insulation. Furthermore, by optimally integrating VIPs and PCMs, va-Q-tec manufactures passive thermal packaging solutions (containers and boxes), which offer constant temperature conditions for between 24 to over 200 hours without using external energy sources. Within its rental services business, the company has built a global partner network to provide for an extensive fleet of containers and boxes fulfilling highly demanding thermal protection standards in temperature sensitive supply chains. Besides Healthcare & Logistics as a main market, va-Q-tec addresses additional markets such as Appliances & Food, Technics & Industry, Building and Mobility. The steadily growing company was founded in 2001 and has its headquarters in Würzburg, Germany. For more information on va-Q-tec visit www.va-q-tec.com.

 

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Lufthansa is flying out relief-aid goods to Puerto Rico

The population of Puerto Rico are still in need of basic essentials after the onslaught of Hurricane Maria. An MD 11 Lufthansa Cargo Aircraft is flying out 70 tons of drinking water and over 10 tonnes of foodstuffs and apparel to the Caribbean Island.

Frankfurt, 30 September, 2017

Today, the Lufthansa Group deployed an MD 11 Cargo Aircraft from Frankfurt Airport to Aguadilla, on the West Coast of Puerto Rico. Situated in this region is a Lufthansa Technical Site where 400 colleagues, residing in the local communities nearby, are still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Lufthansa Group is determined to bring supplies to this region in order to join the humanitarian efforts throughout the island.

The Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD 11 Aircraft departed today under the Flight Number LH8830 from Frankfurt Airport, Germany at 20:40h Central European Time. After a refueling stopover at Atlanta Airport, the Flight will proceed to Rafael Hernández International Airport in Puerto Rico. It is scheduled to arrive there on Sunday, 07:20h local time.

The Lufthansa Cargo Aircraft is loaded with 80 tons of drinking water, apparel, food provisions and hygienic supplies – in fact, a combination of the items desperately needed at the location. The Lufthansa Group is working closely with the local U.S. Authorities there to obtain the necessary coordination and support for this comprehensive relief-aid operation. In Germany, participants of this relief effort have predominantly been: Hassia, the Metro Group, as well as LSG Skychefs with donations. Kühne&Nagel, Georgi and orgalog helped with transport services. This project was organized and implemented by HelpAlliance, the charitable aid organization of the Lufthansa Group.

“We are standing by our colleagues and the U.S. population in Puerto Rico during these trying times. It is especially in moments of crisis, that we as an enterprise all pull together and lend support to our colleagues and the local surrounding communities near our Puerto Rico location and affected by this tragedy,” said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, the president of the management board of Lufthansa Technik AG (LLC).

The Lufthansa ‘Technik’ Facility in Puerto Rico (LTPR) was opened in February 2014 in Aguadilla, and has specialized in the service and maintenance of aircraft types, such as the Airbus A320 family. Initial orders came from some of the main U.S. carriers, and this caused the service site to develop rapidly in becoming one of the more important provider for aircraft overhaul for the United States. Additionally, ‘LTPR’ introduced the first training program for the United States Department of Labor in the servicing, maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. The program is being run in conjunction with the Aeronautical and Aerospace Institute of Puerto Rico, a non-profit corporate subsidiary of the University of Puerto Rico.

Signed in June of this year, the apprenticeship program enhances the relationship between the entire Lufthansa Group, the Island and the United States. It serves not only the local aviation industry, but is meant to serve as an example to other parts of the country.

“As a close partner of Puerto Rico, we are not only lending backup support for the workforce of ‘Lufthansa Technik’ and their families locally, but also for the communities in the vicinity, who have been working together with us also closely and with confidence from day one,” stated Dr. Bussmann. Since the inception of the hurricane damage, the location has received assistance from customers of ‘LTPR’: ‘Spirit Airlines’ and ‘jetBlue’, who have their aircraft serviced by the Technical Station. A freight space was immediately made available for minimum relief requirements. “We must really thank our partners and friends of ‘Spirit’ and ‘jetBlue’. It is comforting to know that one can depend on friends during difficult occasions,” said Johannes Bussmann.

 


Running for a Good Cause

Almost 1,000 runners at the 3rd “Office City Run” organized by Cargo Human Care e.V. in Frankfurt-Niederrad / Net proceeds to fund the building of a preschool in Nairobi

Frankfurt, 25 August 2017

Almost 1,000 runners took part in the “Office City Run” organized by Cargo Human Care e.V. (CHC) in Frankfurt-Niederrad yesterday. The net proceeds will go towards funding the construction of a preschool for 100 children in an impoverished neighbourhood of Nairobi. Early estimates suggest they will be well above 20,000 euros. The event was initiated by the Cargo Bulls division of the Lufthansa Sports Club in cooperation with the regional initiative, “Standort-Initiative Neues Niederrad SINN e.V.”.

“We’re overwhelmed by the high number of participants and can now definitely say that the City Office Run has established itself. That of course makes us very happy, as every cent that the runners and sponsors donate to Cargo Human Care today with their entry fees benefits children in Kenya,” stated Fokko Doyen, initiator and first Chairman of Cargo Human Care, at the event. “Our aim with the Happy Children Education Center is to provide the poorest children in one of Nairobi’s slums with the opportunity of a secure preschool education.” The construction of the school is scheduled to be completed in mid-2018. The funding for the new primary school will be provided in equal parts by CHC, the help alliance (the aid organization of the Lufthansa Group and its employees) and the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation.
 
The starting pistol for the colourful flock of runners was fired by Frankfurt City Council Member Matthias Mehl and Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman Peter Gerber. “I’m very pleased to see the Office City Run now taking place for the third year in a row, as it underlines the outstanding and valuable commitment of so many Lufthansa staff. It will directly benefit those in need in Nairobi and hopefully continue to enrich Niederrad and the airport with an increasingly popular annual event in the future,” commented Peter Gerber on the event. Over 100 Lufthansa Cargo staff ran the five or ten kilometre runs for a good cause. The Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board


doubled the collected amount with a donation matching the entry fees of their staff. The other running teams came from other divisions of the Lufthansa Group, and various customers and service providers of the Lufthansa Group’s cargo subsidiary.

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Kohnen completes executive board at time:matters

New Managing Director Strategy & Sales effective 15 November 2017

Frankfurt/Neu-Isenburg, 21 August 2017

Alexander Kohnen has been appointed the new Managing Director Strategy & Sales at time:matters Holding GmbH, effective 15 November 2017. The 40-year-old thereby succeeds Franz-Joseph Miller, who left the company of his own accord on 1 July 2017. Kohnen has held various management positions at Lufthansa Cargo since October 2000, most recently Senior Director Industry Development & Product Management and previously Director Nordic & Baltic Countries.

“We are delighted to have Alexander Kohnen on board. He knows the industry inside out and has everything it takes to further establish time:matters as the leading specialist for sameday delivery and emergency logistics,” said Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Cargo took complete ownership of the time:matters group, which specializes in global special speed and time-critical international spare part logistics, in August 2016. The cargo airline, which spun off time:matters as a subsidiary in 2002, had held a 49 per cent share prior to that. Christian Mörtl, previously Head of Aircraft Handling at Lufthansa Cargo, was appointed Managing Director Operations & Finance at time:matters Holding GmbH on 1 August 2016.

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Innovative sun protection for refrigerated freight

Customers worldwide will now benefit from this free additional service

Frankfurt, 27 Jul 2017

Now that the expansion of the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center in Frankfurt has begun and the Road Feeder Service Cool, the first of its kind in the world, has been introduced, Europe’s leading cargo airline is pushing forward with its offensive in the refrigerated freight sector. Every customer’s cargo in the passive refrigeration sector worldwide will now be protected without any added fees by a reflective film produced exclusively for Lufthansa Cargo.
“Our aim is to offer top quality transport for our customers’ freight, both in the air and on the ground. The free offer of our new special film underscores our dedication to high quality and perfects our refrigeration service”, said Sören Stark, Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo.
In any case, Lufthansa Cargo is keeping its transit times between its facilities and aircraft as short as possible. The innovative reflective film provides sensitive shipments with optimum protection against the unavoidable sunlight on airport tarmacs around the world, even on hot summer days.

 


Lufthansa Cargo awarded for reliability and excellence

DHL CARE Award recognizes excellence in transporting temperature-sensitive life science products

Singapore / Frankfurt, 22 June 2017

DHL, the world’s leading logistics and shipping provider, has named Lufthansa Cargo together with Swiss WorldCargo and two other air cargo carriers as recipients of this year’s Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence. Inaugurated in 2016, the DHL CARE Awards acknowledge air freight providers whose services set the industry standard for the transport of temperature-sensitive life sciences products.

“We are very pleased to receive this year’s DHL CARE Award. Carrying sensitive pharmaceuticals fast and reliably to their destinations all over the world is a task that makes us proud. It is also a reason for us to expand our cool center, so that all our customers can benefit from increased cool capacities at our hub in Frankfurt shortly. With valuable innovations like our Cool Control Tower and our long-term experience we will be a reliable partner also in the future”, said Dr Martin Schmitt, Lufthansa Cargo board member and CFO.

The DHL CARE Awards were presented at the 17th DHL Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Conference in Singapore this week, where close to 400 life sciences and healthcare leaders met to discuss major supply chain trends affecting the industry. This year’s DHL CARE Award winners were chosen from a pool of carriers according to criteria including shipment quality, ground handling expertise and innovation in both technology and process. The award recipients all demonstrated extremely high levels of shipment performance, combined with a variety of factors including rigorous certification and bold infrastructural investments.


Lufthansa Cargo again named best cargo airline in Italy

Frankfurt-based air cargo carrier wins Quality Award for Overall Performance from Italian air forwarders association

Frankfurt, 14 June 2017

Lufthansa Cargo has received the tremendous accolade of being named the best cargo airline for 2016 in Italy. The prestigious Quality Award for Overall Performance was bestowed on the carrier by A.N.A.M.A., the Italian air forwarders association.

Marina Marzani, President of A.N.A.M.A., underlined the motivation behind this special recognition of Lufthansa Cargo: “For its extended network and wide-ranging offering to its customers, for its reliability and because the Board of A.N.A.M.A. recognises how well the airline backs up its commitments with action.” Thomas Egenolf, Vice President Western Europe, was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the company: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award for the second time. A big thank you goes to the Italian airfreight industry and to my fantastic team in Italy.”

Besides the main award, Lufthansa Cargo was also nominated in another four out of five categories. The German air cargo carrier also topped the “Safety & Security” category, and came second in “Innovation” and “All Services” and third in “Customer Satisfaction”.

Since 2012, the Italian air forwarders association has bestowed awards on the best general sales agents, handling agents and airlines each year. The category winners are based on the results of a survey. Additionally, people are honoured for special achievements and the coveted Quality Award for Overall Performance is awarded by the association’s Executive Committee.


Lufthansa Cargo to fly Berlin pandas First Class

New panda facility to be opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping – Zoo Berlin and Lufthansa Cargo answer transport-related questions

Frankfurt/Berlin, 13 June 2017

What preparations are needed in advance of a panda flight? What kind of onboard catering will the pandas enjoy? When are the pandas due to land in Berlin? Jörg Bodenröder, Lufthansa Cargo’s Head of Animal Transport and animal welfare officer, and Dr Andreas Ochs, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, answered today the burning questions surrounding the panda transport. The question on everyone’s lips was: when are the pandas due to land in Berlin? The MD-11F from Chengdu is expected to land at Berlin Schönefeld Airport at around 2 p.m. on 24 June.

“We feel that being asked to assist with this transport recognises our wealth of expertise in transporting animals properly. We are pleased to contribute our extensive experience to this cooperation and provide a first-class service”, said Jörg Bodenröder. As an addition to Lufthansa’s First Class offering, all animal passengers travelling with Lufthansa Cargo also enjoy a perfect full service. This begins with appropriate housing at the Frankfurt Airport gateway, and continues with transportation in special containers developed together with breeders and vets on to intensive supervision by trained staff in the air and on the ground. With the “Frankfurt Animal Lounge”, Lufthansa Cargo also provides one of the most state-of-the-art animal care facilities at an airport anywhere in the world – a kind of “First Class Lounge” for animal passengers.

However, the Berlin pandas won’t get to experience the hospitality at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, as the scheduled flight from Beijing to Frankfurt has been specially rerouted via Chengdu and Berlin for the two VIP passengers. “With 42 large animal stalls, 39 dog kennels, special climate-controlled chambers and black light areas for examining ornamental fish, we have the right solution for every animal”, explained Jörg Bodenröder, who has been with Lufthansa Cargo since 2001 already. “Fish are the main animals we carry. Zoo animals present a particular challenge, often due to their size alone, but we are well up to the task”, continued Bodenröder.

The two pandas will be accompanied by two animal caretakers from Chengdu and the zoo’s chief veterinarian Dr Andreas Ochs. He also provided details on the transport: “Meng Meng and Jiao Qing will enjoy ample bamboo snacks while en route. Of course, they will also have access to a drinking bowl in their transport container. We will be able to visit the animals at any time during the flight and make sure they are getting on fine.” Precautions have also been taken in case they need to “do their business” while on the move. The transport container will be equipped with absorbent mats so that Mr and Mrs Panda can remain dry no matter what and will not be bothered by odours during the rest of the trip. The calculated flight time from Chengdu to Berlin via Novosibirsk is around 12 hours and 20 minutes.

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Caption: 2017-06-13_BER_PrConf_Pandas – Dr Andreas Ochs (l.), Chief Veterinarian Zoo Berlin, and Jörg Bodenröder, Head of Animal Transport and animal welfare officer at Lufthansa Cargo
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Lufthansa Cargo presents award to Panalpina

The logistics company is the first customer to receive the coveted “Planet Award of Excellence” for the third time

Frankfurt, 9 June 2017

A win for Panalpina at the 19th Global Partner Council, the annual top-level meeting of the biggest customers and top management of Lufthansa Cargo, the leading freight airline in Europe. The Basel-based logistics pro was honoured with the “Planet Award of Excellence” for the 2016 financial year. Lufthansa Cargo honoured Panalpina’s consistently outstanding performance in terms of global cooperation. After previously winning in 2006 and 2007, Panalpina became the first customer to win the award three times.
“Our significant joint growth in respect of the challenging market conditions last year has particularly underscored our high level of loyalty to Lufthansa Cargo. In the process, the highest levels of quality and efficiency were at the heart of our consistently professional cooperation – for both partners. This has been confirmed by many from our international sales organisation. Panalpina has also made a significant contribution to us being able to further develop our product range. We are also working together on digitization, which is a crucial issue in our industry”, explained Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo, of the decision.
Volker Böhringer, CEO Region Europe, accepted the award on behalf of Panalpina in Vienna. “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Panalpina. Having a partner such as Lufthansa Cargo which can consistently deliver a high level of service is crucial for us to meet the expectations of our customers”, said Böhringer.
The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for the sustainable growth of Lufthansa Cargo and its most important customers. Apart from Panalpina, the eleven Global Partners include CEVA, Dachser, DB Schenker, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DSV, Expeditors, Hellmann, Kühne+Nagel and UPS. Together, they account for around half of Lufthansa Cargo’s sales. The Planet Award of Excellence was first awarded for the 2002 financial year.


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FLTR: Bernhard Kindelbacher, J. Florian Pfaff, Sören Stark, Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Volker Böhringer (CEO Region Europe Panalpina), Thomas Egenolf, Peter Gerber (CEO Lufthansa Cargo), Frank Naeve


Green excellence

Lufthansa Cargo garners German Award for Excellence with OMEGA project / using big data to improve fuel efficiency

Frankfurt, 23 May 2017

With its OMEGA project – using big data to reduce carbon emissions – Lufthansa Cargo has garnered the DQS German Award for Excellence in the Environmental Responsibility category. The award winners were announced at the DQS Sustainability Conference 2017 on 17 May, which took place at Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf. To further encourage businesses to make a commitment to the environment, DQS has launched awards for specific corporate activities. The awards are conferred in different categories with a focus on sustainability, including Sustainable Leadership, Responsible Sourcing, Social Engagement (International) and Environmental Responsibility.
The Ops Monitor and Efficiency Gap Analyser (OMEGA) is a tool that uses data collected during cargo flights to make future flights more efficient. Hence, the tool pays directly into Lufthansa Cargo’s environmental responsibility strategy. By comparing projected, actual and optimal values, it provides key information for reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Pilots can use the analysis to optimally prepare for a flight and identify any deviations from the plan early on. The software was developed by software specialist Aviaso together with Lufthansa. Special applications have been added for Lufthansa Cargo, such as in the area of trim evaluation.
“Lufthansa Cargo has set itself ambitious goals in the field of climate and environmental responsibility. We are delighted to have received an award for OMEGA as one of our numerous measures aimed at improving the ecological efficiency of flight operations and achieving our targets”, said Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management. Until 2020 Lufthansa Cargo wants to reduce specific carbon emissions by 25 per cent based on the level for 2005. This goal is to be met by all kinds of operational and technical measures. Significant carbon reductions have already been achieved in recent years by modernising the fleet and reducing on-board weight, to name a few examples.

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10 Years of Cargo Human Care e.V.

CHC was founded in May 2007 by Lufthansa Cargo staff members and doctors from Germany / Unbureaucratic and on-going help for people in need in Kenya.

Cargo Human Care (CHC) was founded 10 years ago by employees of Lufthansa Cargo and doctors in Germany with the aim of providing unbureaucratic and ongoing help for the poorest parts of the population in Kenya. Medical care and education are the pillars of its commitment. Today the organisation runs a children’s home for 120 orphans, a medical centre where 50 German doctors work on a regular basis, and a young people’s home that offers vocational training for school-leavers of the children’s home. Lufthansa Cargo has supported this project right from the start and provides flight tickets for doctors and free transport capacities for medical equipment among other things.

“When we founded CHC ten years ago, I never, for the life of me, would have thought that we would achieve so much one day: 560 members, 220 children and young people in our sponsor programme, 2,000 treatments every month in our own medical centre, and donations that are increasing every year,” says founding member and first chairman Fokko Doyen. Doyen flies the MD-11F as a Lufthansa Cargo captain and served as head of the MD-11F fleet for nine years. “The identification with this ‘Cargo project’ can be felt throughout the company. Since we started out, the number of members has grown to over 550. We do not just have passive, paying members, but above all many people who participate in our work as doctors, custodians of various sponsorship groups and in the association’s organisational work. But our greatest boon is the huge support we get from Lufthansa Cargo: The fact that it pays for the flight costs of our doctors and active members to Nairobi enables people in Kenya to benefit directly from the donations.” Only 0.6 per cent of all Cargo Human Care’s expenditure goes to cover administration costs.

“It is really impressive how the commitment of the past ten years by the numerous volunteers, who are mostly employees of Lufthansa Cargo, has made Cargo Human Care into what it is today,” praises Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “For me, the special thing about Cargo Human Care is the very direct aid. Here people from our company have wanted to do something and they have done it. Additionally, it is fantastic that Cargo’s key competencies, namely flying and logistics, can be completely put to good use here to help people who do not have such good opportunities in life. That’s why Lufthansa Cargo will continue to support the work of Cargo Human Care to the best of its abilities.” Since November 2015 Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11F registered "D-ALCH" is flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage. The carrier has turned the freighter into a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care.

CHC’s commitment at a glance

CHC’s hitherto over 200 sponsorships are one of the most important pillars of its development work. Through their regular donations the sponsors enable solid, reliable school and career training and medical care for the children, teenagers and young people in CHC’s environment. In 2016, the sponsors gave a total of €108,000. Over the past ten years their donations totalled €3.5m. This ensures educational institutions with good quality standards, extracurricular assistance and support by social workers, as well as medical care for those with chronic illnesses.

The Mothers’ Mercy Home (MMH) is a children’s home for orphans in the north of Nairobi. It was founded in 2001 by women of the Anglican Church, and CHC added a new building in 2008. There Cargo Human Care provides a home for 120 orphans with the help of donations and sponsorships.

During their career training, up to 24 young people live in the John Kaheni Residence community, named after an MMH orphan who passed away. All CHC career training activities outside the MMH are coordinated there by CHC social workers and external trainers. The development of personal skills, communication coaching, career orientation and interview training, coordination of internships and IT knowledge are important elements.

The Cargo Human Care Medical Centre was opened in 2009 to provide a medical care service to people in need in the vicinity of the orphanage. In addition to treatment rooms, it has a laboratory and pharmacy. 50 Specialist doctors from Germany regularly volunteer their services at the clinic for approximately one week at a time supporting a local team of twelve people. In 2016, they helped around 7,000 destitute patients by providing over 25,000 treatments.

CHC also continues to help around 6,000 people in four villages of the Marsabit region in the north of Kenya by raising funds and providing aid in the fight against hunger.


Lufthansa Cargo continues to enhance route network

Busy routes to Shanghai and Guangzhou now offering even more frequent flights · Airline-wide partnerships extended · Further destinations via Eurowings belly capacity on long-haul flights

Frankfurt / Munich, 09 May 2017

Lufthansa Cargo flies their customers’ freight to around 300 target destinations in 100 countries and therefore offers one of the best networks in the field of air cargo. The carrier from Frankfurt is now once again making further improvements to this strong network, consisting of cargo connections and the freight capacity of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and Eurowings long-haul passenger flights.

Further destinations will be added in the coming months via Eurowings belly capacity on long-haul flights. From June, Lufthansa Cargo will use an Airbus A330 to serve Las Vegas (LAS) twice a week. Seattle (SEA, 2/7), Orlando (MCO, 2/7) and Windhoek (WDH, 2/7) will be added as further destinations from Cologne in July. Cargo stations in Cuba’s Varadero (VRA, 3/7) and Havana (HAV, 1/7) are also planned.

Lufthansa Cargo currently operates cargo flights to the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai (PVG) seven times a week, but from September there will be nine regular weekly connections. In addition, this route will exclusively be operated by Boeing 777F cargo aircraft with a standard load capacity of around 103 tonnes. Up to now, also MD-11Fs served this destination. From July, the cargo connection to Guangzhou (CAN) is also being upped by one weekly flight to five services per week.

In summer, Lufthansa German Airlines also adds various connections on passenger aircraft: From 12 May, an Airbus A340 will travel twice weekly between Frankfurt and Montreal (YUL), as of 14 May, an additional Airbus A330 will fly the route between Frankfurt and Boston (BOS), and from 18 May, an additional Boeing 747-8i will operate between Frankfurt and Los Angeles (LAX). Since 1 May, there has already been a new daily service from Munich (MUC) to Vancouver (YVR) with an Airbus A330. Additional services from Frankfurt to Cape Town (CPT) and Reykjavik (KEF) are also new to the Lufthansa passenger summer flight schedule.

Lufthansa Cargo is furthermore continuing to extend its partnerships. After the successful start to the collaboration with Japanese airline ANA Cargo two years ago and launching the cooperation with Cathay Pacific Cargo out of Hong Kong last year, a cargo joint venture with United Airlines has recently been announced.

 


A world first... “Road Feeder Service Cool” can now be booked!

Further commitment to the field of temperature-sensitive cargo

Frankfurt, 09 May 2017

Lufthansa Cargo is the world's first cargo airline to offer their customers the “Road Feeder Service Cool” (RFS-Cool) booking option, available now. By taking this step, the carrier is developing its range in the cold-chain logistics sector. The new provision will ensure that temperature-sensitive cargo is actively or passively cooled or warmed, not just on board aircraft, but also in road link connections with Lufthansa flight numbers (RFS), where correspondingly equipped vehicles are deployed. For example, Lufthansa Cargo customers can make binding further onward travel reservations within Europe on the new “Road Feeder Service Cool” for sensitive medication that has been flown into Frankfurt and thereby ensure that the goods remain inside the specified temperature range on this part of the journey.
Lufthansa Cargo is also currently making significant expansions to the capacities of their own Cool Center at the Frankfurt hub. Following completion, as of late summer of this year, 8,000 square meters will be available for cool chain cargo. Alongside the extension, the entire infrastructure of the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center will be further improved. It was opened in December 2011 and currently offers 4,500 square meters in four different temperature-controlled chiller rooms (2 to 8°C, 5 to 15°C, 15 to 25°C and -12 to -20°C) as well as a deep-freeze room and direct access to the apron. As a result, it is currently the largest hub for temperature-sensitive freight in Europe.
Back in 2016, the IATA airline association awarded Lufthansa Cargo and the company's in-house Cool Center with the CEIV certificate for pharmaceutical transport. Lufthansa Cargo improves the service continuously, taking into account the needs of the pharmaceutical industry as well as all the prerequisites from the EU GDP (Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use).


Real-time tracking can now be booked on many routes

liveSensor: straightforward, complete offer for live tracking and logistics

Frankfurt, 09 May 2017

Lufthansa Cargo is now offering an optional tracking service, liveSensor. It allows cargo airline customers to keep an eye on their shipments over the course of the entire transport route, in real time. liveSensor can be used to not only determine where a shipment is, but also whether the transport conditions agreed are complied with. The tracking device also detects factors such as temperature, humidity, and pressure. Furthermore, liveSensor also records data such as alignment and vibration. Besides this, light sensors determine whether and when a shipment has been opened, which also serves as protection against theft. The offer is therefore of particular interest to customers with highly sensitive or valuable goods.

Thanks to liveSensor, the high quality of Lufthansa Cargo transport services can now be traced even more precisely.
Lufthansa Cargo is providing a flat-fee service that also covers all the logistics relating to the tracking devices: Delivery and collection of the device at the destination are included in the service. The linked tracking portal allows customers to apply user-defined settings, such as the modality of status messages or adjustments to temperature ranges. Virtual geographic boundaries, or geofences, can also be defined. This means that specific information is available in the event of damage or loss to a shipment. The tracking portal allows round-the-clock access to the data via a user-friendly web portal. liveSensor is available now for booking in 13 European countries as well as in the USA and will gradually be rolled out worldwide.

 


Lufthansa Cargo exhibits at transport logistic

Large exhibition with stage program at the trade fair in Munich in Hall B1.101/202

transport logistic once again opens its doors in Munich from 9 to 12 May. At the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management, Lufthansa Cargo is once more exhibiting this year’s newest developments and offers in the field of air cargo. However, direct dialog with customers, partners, and the interested public is an important part of Lufthansa Cargo’s trade fair appearance.

For the first time this year, Lufthansa Cargo is exhibiting their own stage program. From Tuesday to Thursday, you can expect exciting guests in the afternoon:

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
“One plus one is more than two”
Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo and Jan Krems, President of United Cargo,
invite you to celebrate our Joint Venture agreement with cocktails, finger food and good music.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
“Lufthansa Cargo and ANA – two years of a successful joint venture”
Jacqueline Casini, Director of Communications, Lufthansa Cargo in conversation with
Kiyohisa Nakazawa, Vice President of Cargo & Mail EMEA, ANA and Annette Kreuziger, Vice President of Eastern & Northern Europe, Lufthansa Cargo

Thursday, 11 May 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
“What’s new with Swiss WorldCargo?”
Alexandra Dahl, Head of Cargo Marketing & Communications, Swiss WorldCargo,
in conversation with Ashwin Bhat, Head of Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo

In addition, the Frankfurt freight carrier is presenting their own flight simulator, meaning visitors can wage their own flight path under the watchful eye of an experienced pilot.

“Lufthansa Cargo sees itself as well equipped to actively shape the future of the logistics industry, thanks to its innovations and processes,” comments Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “We are looking forward to an intensive and constructive dialog with our customers and partners, so as to be able to provide them with the best solutions for their logistical challenges,” continues Gerber.

Lufthansa Cargo will also be prominently represented in Air Cargo Europe (forum IV in hall B2), taking place as part of the exhibition. Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and Sales, has two appearances: On Wednesday at 10 a.m., he will be presenting on the topic of digitization – a dominating theme in logistics. On Thursday, he will participate in the panel discussion on the topic of zero-emission logistics, also starting at 10 a.m.
 

 


100,000 tonnes of cargo pass through Speed Gate

Having introduced optional mobile add-ons, Lufthansa Cargo now collects cargo directly from the customer warehouse, saving customers a whole lot of time.

Frankfurt, 25 April 2017

Lufthansa Cargo AG loaded the 100,000th tonne of cargo via Fraport AG’s Speed Gate at Frankfurt Airport yesterday, on 24 April 2017. Lufthansa Cargo AG uses Speed Gate at CargoCity South, Europe’s largest hub for global cargo logistics, since autumn 2014. Cargo is unloaded at four automated gates at the press of a button, security checked within the gates and subsequently brought directly to the aircraft.
“With optional mobile add-ons, such as our ‘Mobile Acceptance’ and ‘Customized Import’ services, we are putting Speed Gate to the best possible use and offering our customers a service tailored to them at the Frankfurt hub. We collect the cargo from the customer, either loose or on pallets. As part of the cargo acceptance service, we also check the built-up pallets directly at the customer warehouse. With the import service, we offer our customers the option of having their cargo delivered directly from the aircraft to their warehouse via Speed Gate. This makes waiting times a thing of the past”, said a proud Board Member Operations Sören Stark, before ceremoniously pressing the button to send the 100,000th tonne of cargo airside through Speed Gate. “Our customers have responded very well to both service offerings: 81 per cent of the cargo units built by our customers at CargoCity South, known as BUPs, were accepted via the mobile service in the latest quarter already.”
When Fraport AG opened Speed Gate almost four years ago at Frankfurt airport, the infrastructure was mainly aimed at cargo handlers without airside handling facilities. “In the meantime, we created an offering of benefit to many companies. With Speed Gate, we are helping to make the hub even faster and more agile for our cargo customers. We are pleased that Lufthansa Cargo, as our customer and partner, is using Speed Gate so intensively, with all of the resulting customer benefits. We firmly expect Speed Gate to become a more important tool for other cargo companies and their customers as well”, emphasised Anke Giesen, Executive Director Operations at Fraport AG.

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l.t.r.: Sören Stark, Board Member Operations Lufthansa Cargo AG and Anke Giesen, Executive Director Operations Fraport AG


United Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo Announce Cargo Joint Venture Agreement

Customers will benefit from easy access to a comprehensive combined network, coordinated handling processes and time savings

United Airlines (UAL) and Lufthansa Cargo have signed a joint venture agreement for extensive cargo cooperation on routes between the U.S. and Europe. The cargo joint venture partners plan to provide a wide range of benefits to customers by cooperating on the availability of their capacity and aligning booking and handling processes.

The carriers’ joint venture route network will provide greater flexibility and time savings to customers with thousands of new route combinations and more than 600 direct connections per week between the U.S. and Europe. The combined network offering creates additional benefits through access from either partner’s booking channels along with coordinated handling processes and transfers at numerous stations.

"The Lufthansa-United cargo joint venture will generate numerous benefits for our customers because our continental and transatlantic networks, our hubs and our fleet complement each other effectively,” said Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO.

"We are excited about the benefits that will be generated by our teams’ cooperation and our combined capacities,” said Jan Krems, President of United Cargo. “Cargo customers will appreciate the opportunities for quicker and easier shipping between key locations in the U.S. and Europe."

The contract signing initiates the implementation phase of the joint venture project, during which the carriers will align their cargo IT systems and business processes with the goal to implement Business Day 1 later this year.


New Management at AeroLogic

Josef Moser and Wolfgang Raebiger to be appointed new Managing Directors of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo joint venture as of 1 May, 2017.

As of 1 May 2017, Josef Moser, previously Head of Flight Operations and Crew Training, will take over as Chief Operations Officer and Accountable Manager at AeroLogic GmbH. At the same time, Wolfgang Raebiger, previously Captain and Head of Flight Operations at Lufthansa Cargo, will take over as new Chief Financial Officer in the senior management at AeroLogic.
 
The previous Managing Director Ulf Weber will be leaving the company at his own request on 30 April to pursue a new challenge. The shareholders would like to thank him for his great work and wish him the best of success in his future endeavors. Markus Niedermeyer, who was also part of the Management as Authorized Officer, will remain his role as Head of Administration for several months in order to ensure a smooth transition, before taking over a new management position at Lufthansa Cargo.


Among the leaders in climate protection

Lufthansa Cargo a finalist for the German CSR Award with OMEGA Big Data Tool

Frankfurt, 06 April 2017

Lufthansa’s cargo arm was named one of two runners-up in the “CO2 avoidance as a contribution to climate protection” category with its “OMEGA – using big data to reduce CO2” project. OMEGA is a tool that uses data collected during flights to make future flights more efficient. By comparing projected, actual and optimal values, it provides key information for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Pilots can use the analysis to optimally prepare for a flight and identify any possible deviations from the plan early on. The software was developed by software specialist Aviaso together with Lufthansa. Special applications have been added for Lufthansa Cargo, such as in the area of trim evaluation. Last year, Lufthansa received the German Aviation Innovation Award in the Emissions Reduction category for the OMEGA tool.
The winners in a total of six categories were announced in Ludwigsburg on 4 April at an awards ceremony held as part of the 2017 German CSR Forum. “As an airline, Lufthansa Cargo has a particular responsibility towards the environment and sets itself ambitious environmental targets accordingly. We are delighted that one of our measures aimed at reducing CO2 was recognised through this nomination”, said Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management at Lufthansa Cargo. This is the ninth year the German CSR Award has been conferred. Together with the German Federal Government’s CSR Award and the German Sustainability Award, it is the highest award for corporate social responsibility available to companies in Germany.
With its wide-ranging catalogue of measures aimed at reducing its freighter fleet’s CO2 emissions, Lufthansa Cargo has made it possible for its customers to lower the annual CO2 emissions relating to their shipments – and namely by 1.35 per cent per year on average since 2005. To take an example, a five-tonne shipment from Frankfurt to New York would have generated 17.03 tonnes of CO2 in the Lufthansa Cargo freighter network in 2005. By 2015, the level of emissions for the same weight on the same route had been reduced by 2.28 tonnes of CO2 to 14.74 tonnes. In the first year of OMEGA, Lufthansa Cargo already implemented a handful of additional measures for further reducing CO2 emissions per transported tonne, totalling over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Another dozen or more specific and very promising ideas are currently being investigated and evaluated.
Lufthansa Cargo wants to reduce specific CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, taking the 2005 level as the basis. This target should be met through all kinds of operational and technical measures. Significant CO2 savings have already been achieved in recent years through various measures, including a fleet modernisation and reduction in onboard weight.

To find out exactly how OMEGA works, read on here.
For information on environmental management at Lufthansa Cargo, please click here.

 


Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center expansions have begun

More capacity for temperature-sensitive cargo in Frankfurt imminent

Frankfurt, 22 March 2017

Lufthansa Cargo has kicked off the development of the Cool Center at the Frankfurt hub. “We’ve gained a great deal of experience in the worldwide transport of sensitive medications. CEIV certification from IATA has recently highlighted this. The excellent collaboration with numerous shippers from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries has prompted demand for our service to grow consistently. We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers even more capacity and flexibility in our Cool Center as early as late summer“, said Board Member Operations Sören Stark, in the course of the ground-breaking ceremony.

Following completion, as of late summer of this year, 8,000 square meters will be available for cool chain cargo. After the extension, the entire infrastructure of the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center will be further improved. It was opened in December 2011 and currently offers 4,500 square meters in four different temperature-controlled chiller rooms (2 to 8°C, 15 to 25°C, -12 to -20°C and 5 to 15°C) as well as a deep-freeze room and direct access to the apron. As a result, it is currently the largest hub for temperature-sensitive freight in Europe.

In late 2016 the IATA airline association awarded the CEIV seal of approval for pharmaceutical transport to Lufthansa Cargo and the Cool Center. Lufthansa Cargo improves the service continuously, taking into account the needs of the pharmaceutical industry as well as all the prerequisites from the EU GDP (Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use).

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l.t.r.: Jörg Bodenröder Senior-Director of Handling Specials Products, Sören Stark, Board Member Operations, Karin Krestan, Head of Process & Operations Team and Mohammad Ali Seiraffi,  Vice President of Handling Frankfurt


Supervisory Board extends contract of Board Member Products & Sales

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech confirmed for a further five years

Frankfurt, 21 March 2017

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech has been appointed Board Member Products & Sales of Lufthansa Cargo AG for a further five years. The company’s Supervisory Board extended his contract early and unanimously until 30 November 2022. As part of corporate-wide restructuring, von Hoensbroech had re-positioned his department at the start of the year to increase efficiency and ensure even greater flexibility and closer customer relations.
Von Hoensbroech has been working for the Group since 2005 and has been a member of the Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG since December 2014.
The 46 year-old was previously Commercial Manager Frankfurt of Lufthansa Passage and was responsible there for network planning, booking control and commercial management of the passenger business at the airline’s largest hub.

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Lufthansa Cargo honours Premium Road Partners

Superb cooperation with forwarders recognised

Frankfurt, 09 March 2017

Lufthansa Cargo AG has honoured its most important forwarding partners for the first time. Good, reliable cooperation between logistics companies and Lufthansa’s cargo arm has been recognised with the highest accolade – Premium Road Partner. Besides reliability and flexibility, punctuality was also a key criterion in the selection process.
Some 600,000 tonnes of cargo are transported via the Road Feeder Service each year. With 65,000 scheduled trips in Europe and 26,000 outside of Europe, the logistics firms honoured had already proven themselves to be reliable and strategically important partners last year. New contracts governing a guaranteed rate of acceptance between Lufthansa Cargo AG and the forwarders were signed just in 2016. The certificates now awarded underscore the intention to extend the cooperation in 2017 and see it continue into the long term.
Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo, emphasised the importance of such cooperation: “We have been offering our customers top quality in the area of road feeder services as well for many years. This is made possible through close, reliable cooperation with our partners. I am extremely pleased to be able to bestow on the best of these the title of Premium Road Partner to Lufthansa Cargo today. We all share the goal of offering our customers the best service at all times. And we want to continue down this successful road together.”
Lufthansa Cargo’s Road Feeder Service acts as an air cargo transport replacement service, organising the transport of air cargo shipments with an air waybill via truck. It covers a substantial part of the Lufthansa Cargo global transport process chain. Similar to flight operations, RFS schedules are included in the flight schedule. With scheduled services to some 115 stations, this makes Lufthansa Cargo the market leader in Europe.


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Greener transports

Lufthansa Cargo named Preferred Carrier by DHL Global Forwarding with four “green aircraft” and awarded GoGreen Carrier Certificate

DHL Global Forwarding has evaluated the environmental performance of Lufthansa Cargo and other airlines. Lufthansa Cargo was the only airline to score full points, achieving top marks in all four of the GoGreen Carrier Rating categories and receiving four “green aircraft” for its efforts. It was rated according to the following criteria: the specific CO2 emissions trend against an internal DHL benchmark (“Carbon Efficiency”). Commitment to harmonising CO2 calculation and reporting standards and to other environmental projects (“Engagement”). The level of detail and quality of the CO2 efficiency data provided (“Transparency”), and also the degree of trust and cooperation (“Cooperation”).

“With its GoGreen environmental programme, DHL is a sustainability pioneer in the logistics industry. We are extremely proud to have achieved these excellent ratings and taken top spot in the ranking”, said Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management at Lufthansa Cargo. Both companies have enjoyed close cooperation and a trusting relationship for some time now, involving the regular exchange of information on fuel efficiency and emissions and joint activities aimed at harmonising CO2 calculation methods.

“Sustainability and environmental management are key criteria for us in our cooperation with logistics partners. That is why DHL launched the GoGreen Carrier Rating programme”, said Ingo-Alexander Rahn, Global Head of Air Freight at DHL Global Forwarding. “This is the first time that air cargo was included in the rating, with Lufthansa Cargo taking top spot straight off the bat, deservedly earning the right to join the ranks of our Preferred Carriers.”

Lufthansa Cargo takes its environmental responsibility very seriously and aims to reduce its specific CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 – taking 2005 as the baseline. The cargo airline’s environmental management system has been ISO 14001 certified worldwide since 2015.


Airborne tokens of love

Lufthansa Cargo is flying millions of red roses for Valentine’s Day

When roses travel around the world, Valentine’s Day must be around the corner: people from all over the world will declare their love with flowers next Tuesday (14 February). For this special day, Lufthansa Cargo is currently filling entire freighters with these long-stemmed beauties. Lufthansa’s cargo arm will transport some 1,000 tonnes of these delicate goods this year overall. This equates to around 20 million individual flowers or the load capacity of 12 flights with MD-11 freighters.

Lufthansa Cargo connects the flower-growing countries with the Frankfurt hub several times a week. And special charter flights are arranged in addition to the scheduled connections in February of each year in order to serve the high demand for Valentine’s Day – with connections from Quito and Nairobi to Frankfurt this time around. Europe’s leading cargo airline has developed the special Fresh/td product, and equipped its freighters with state-of-the-art technology, specifically for the transportation of perishable goods such as flowers and food.

The roses usually begin their journey in Kenya or South America. These countries have the ideal climate for cultivating these flowers all year round, offering the best growing conditions. Sophisticated logistics ensure that the roses are transported to their destination as quickly and carefully as possible from where they were cultivated. The roses are harvested several times a day at the flower farms and then immediately placed in water and cooled. Following sorting and packing, the flowers are taken directly to the airport and loaded onto the freighters, where they are kept at the perfect temperature in the cargo hold. The roses only remain in Frankfurt Airport for a short while. Just a few hours after landing, they are transported onwards from this city on the Main river into the hands of many lovers all across Europe.


Lufthansa Cargo in dialogue with customers

More than 160 industry experts hosted in Frankfurt

“We want to grow again, and profitably so”, emphasised Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Products & Sales at Europe’s leading cargo airline, last Wednesday at the Lufthansa Cargo in Dialogue event. More than 160 logistics industry representatives accepted Lufthansa Cargo’s invitation to exchange experiences in Frankfurt over two days. After a challenging 2016, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Peter Gerber is also hopeful and optimistic about the new year and the sector: “We are on the right track for the future. Lufthansa Cargo is one of the key players in the air cargo industry and will remain so.”

With this in mind, investment will be made in the Frankfurt hub and the other pillars of the Cargo Evolution strategy will be advanced. Examples of these include the new product structure with the recently launched td.Basic and myAirCargo products, both of which can only be booked online, and cooperation with other airlines. Quality and digitisation are right at the top of the agenda – demands placed on Lufthansa itself, but also on the customer.


Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo now under one roof for Frankfurt cargo handling

Cathay Pacific Cargo is relocating its local cargo handling activities in Frankfurt to the Lufthansa Cargo terminal as part of the cooperation agreement between the two airlines

The relocation of Cathay Pacific Cargo's freight handling into the Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCC) in Frankfurt is a core element of the Joint Business Agreement (JBA) that was announced in May 2016 between Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo. The merging of freight handling for imports and exports was concluded on 17 January 2017 and customers of both airlines will benefit.


As part of the cooperation agreement, both airlines are closely working together on network planning and sales as well as IT and service expansion. Both partners plan to transport the first joint shipments as of 1 February 2017 – initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in 2018.


Simon Large, Director Cargo at Cathay Pacific, comments: “Cathay Pacific Cargo’s move into the Lufthansa Cargo Center is another important step in furthering our collaboration. In addition to providing more direct connections and greater flexibility, we can now offer our customers in Frankfurt the same handling standards that will lead to more efficiency and time savings.”


“We are excited to have reached a further milestone within the partnership, sharing the freight handling station in Frankfurt. This means our customers at the Frankfurt site are now benefiting from the advantages of our cooperation,” explains Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.


The joint activities are carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong.


Weather conditions in Frankfurt back to normal

Weather conditions in Frankfurt have mostly normalized.

Frankfurt, 13 January 2017

Weather conditions in Frankfurt have mostly normalized. For the remainder of the day, merely minor after-effects on the flight schedule may occure. Flight operations are going to be fully back to normal by Saturday, 14 January. All flights will operate as scheduled. You may find the current status of your booked shipments in the eTracking-System.

We regret any inconvenience the weather conditions might have had on your shipments.

 


Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center to be expanded

Considerable enlargement announced for coming year on fifth anniversary

Frankfurt, 6 December 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is to significantly expand the Cool Center at its home hub in Frankfurt: “After five years of success, we want more. That is why we intend to further upgrade and significantly expand our Cool Center in the coming year”, said Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product & Sales.

The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center was completed in December 2011 after just six months of construction. It now covers 4,500 square metres and boasts four cold-storage rooms kept at different temperatures (2 to 8 °C, 15 to 25 °C, -12 to -20 °C and 5 to 15 °C) as well as a deep-freeze room and direct access to the apron. This means it is already Europe’s largest airline hub for temperature-sensitive cargo.

It should cover 8,000 square metres from late summer 2017. Construction work on the 3,500-square-metre expansion is due to begin in February 2017. Besides the expansion, all of the Cool Center infrastructure will also be upgraded. “The expansion is driven by continuous growth in temperature-sensitive cargo. We are pleased that our customers are benefiting from our comprehensive experience. We want to be their first choice in the future as well”, said von Hoensbroech.

Airline association IATA recently awarded Lufthansa Cargo and the Cool Center the CEIV seal for pharmaceutical transports. Lufthansa Cargo is continually improving its service, taking into account the special requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and all EU GDP guidelines (Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use). Since summer 2016, Lufthansa Cargo has also been offering its customers maximum transparency with its “Cool Control Tower” monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods.

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Lufthansa Cargo and the German Red Cross sign cooperation agreement

Closer cooperation on the transport of aid as air cargo in the event of humanitarian disasters

Frankfurt, 01 December 2016

When disaster strikes, the assistance provided must be fast, flexible and effective. Lufthansa Cargo and the German Red Cross humanitarian aid organisation have now signed an agreement that will put their cooperation on global aid transports on an even more efficient footing for the future. Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo, and Christian Reuter, Secretary General of the German Red Cross, signed the framework agreement today, Thursday, 1 December, at Frankfurt Airport. This cooperation will considerably simplify and accelerate the preparation of aid flights. This will facilitate the provision of effective support and supplies to those in need during crisis situations in which aid is required quickly.
“Thanks to the new cooperation, we will be able to transport German Red Cross aid supplies even faster to disaster zones. When every minute counts, strong partners who can work together optimally are needed. We are delighted when we can use our logistics expertise to help get direct assistance to people in need”, said Peter Gerber. “As Germany’s largest humanitarian aid organisation, we operate in more than 50 countries. We are really delighted to have Lufthansa Cargo on board, a partner we can rely on in a disaster”, added Christian Reuter, Secretary General of the German Red Cross.
Lufthansa Cargo has already helped aid organisations to transport relief supplies for disasters time and again in the past. Transports by air play an important role if not enough of the goods needed, such as medications or drinking water treatment systems, can be sourced in the country in question or if they are of insufficient quality. The disaster relief organisations also benefit from Lufthansa Cargo’s many years of experience in the area of charters. With Network-on-demand, Lufthansa’s cargo arm can transport aid shipments quickly, professionally and flexibly to all destinations within and outside of the Lufthansa network.

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LCAG_161201_DRK_1.jpg – f.l.t.r. Christian Reuter, Secretary General of the German Red Cross and Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa
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Pilots’ strikes suspended for Thursday, 1 December 2016

Lufthansa Cargo freighters will operate as scheduled

Frankfurt, 30 November 2016

The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has suspended their strike actions at Lufthansa for Thursday, 1 December. On Thursday Lufthansa passenger flight operations should proceed according to schedule. However, due to the strikes on the preceding days, there may still be the a few flight cancellations. Lufthansa is publishing updated flight schedules on www.LH.com.

We deeply regret any inconvenience the pilots’ union strike may cause. Lufthansa Cargo staff worldwide will do their utmost to keep the potential inconvenience to customers at a minimum. Affected cargo pieces will automatically be rebooked on flights of the updated flight schedule and on Road Feeder Services.

You will find updates at www.lufthansa-cargo.com as well as information on the status of your booked shipments in the eTracking-System.

 


Lufthansa Cargo repositions sales

By year end, numerous new management positions will be filled

Frankfurt, 18 November 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is reorganising their sales structure. In the future, the company will be divided into eight business units, instead of the previous four. By doing so, the company removes one management level. "We want to be as close to our customers as possible", says Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and Sales. "Our new organisational structure creates shorter communication paths, even more direct customer contact and greater flexibility."
The previous business areas, namely Europe, Africa, America and Asia/Pacific will be redefined. Sales in Germany remain broadly unchanged and will be headed up by Florian Pfaff as before. In the future, there will also be the new regions of West Europe (headed by Thomas Egenolf), North and East Europe (by Annette Kreuziger), Middle East and Africa (Frank Beilner), USA and Canada (Bernhard Kindelbacher), Latin America and Caribbean (Gunnar Löhr), North and North East Asia (Frank Naeve) as well as South and South East Asia (also Frank Naeve; who is to fill both roles). The eight regional managers will report directly to Board Member Product & Sales von Hoensbroech.
Other areas of the company will be restructured, too. "Commercial & Quality Management" will go under the leadership of Heide Hoffmann, "Production Control" will be managed by Dr Christian Lehr, "Global Handling Development & Solutions" is to be under the control of Byung-Hee Glugla, "Global Handling Customer Service" will be run by Tanja Eibich, "Industry Development & Product Management" will be headed up by Alexander Kohnen and "Product Development" will be under the management of Stefan Frankenhauser.
The restructuring of sales will take place as part of the Cargo Evolution company strategy, which aims to position Lufthansa Cargo as the firsts choice for customers and partners in the air cargo sector.


Lufthansa Cargo continues cooperation with startups

Contract signed with RocketSpace for participation in next round of Logistics Tech Accelerator programme

Lufthansa Cargo is continuing its cooperation with RocketSpace on the Logistics Tech Accelerator programme. In 2015, Lufthansa’s logistics subsidiary was the world’s first cargo airline to take part in the new programme. US company RocketSpace is helping selected young technology companies and innovation drivers bring their ideas and visions of the future to life.

“Digitisation will have a decisive impact on the future of the logistics industry. Lufthansa Cargo is driving this change. We are pleased to take part in this promising programme again as part of our innovation process and are thereby taking advantage of this opportunity to further expand our network with innovative market players in the digital field”, said Boris Hueske, Vice President Digitization at Lufthansa Cargo.

Under this programme, Lufthansa Cargo is offering developers of digital logistics solutions an insight into the industry so that they can quickly bring their ideas to life. “We are expecting shared innovative solutions which we can ideally make ready for the market”, said Hueske.

Interested startups from the logistics sector can read about the conditions of participation and requirements and apply by 16 November at http://info.rocketspace.com/logistics-tech-accelerator.


Lufthansa Cargo to fly Beaujolais Nouveau to Japan

700 tonnes of the young French wine set to fly with Lufthansa’s cargo arm / First shipment to Japan on 28 October

Frankfurt, 27 Oct 2016

Japanese wine lovers have circled 17 November on their calendars in red: on the third Thursday of each November, that year’s Beaujolais Nouveau traditionally goes on sale. And not just in France, its country of origin. The young wine is an export hit, with almost half of the wine produced having left the country in 2015.
 
Lufthansa Cargo is set to transport around 700 tonnes of “Bojo” to Japan by mid-November – both in the lower decks of Lufthansa passenger aircraft and in the storage compartments of its freighters. The bottles will first be conveyed via Road Feeder Service from Lyon or Paris to Frankfurt, before being loaded onto aircraft for the journey to Tokyo (NRT), Osaka (KIX) and Nagoya (NGO).
 
The first shipment will travel to the Land of the Rising Sun on 28 October on board Lufthansa flight LH740. The wine is officially allowed to be exported to other countries from 8 a.m. that day. The Boeing 747-400 with the first two lower deck pallets is scheduled to land in Osaka at 7:20 a.m. the following day. And then it’s a matter of waiting – until 17 November.


Environmental partnership on track to save 20,000 tonnes of CO2

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo look back on five successful years for the environment

Frankfurt, 18 October 2016

After five years of a strategic partnership between transportation and logistics company DB Schenker and air freight specialist Lufthansa Cargo, both companies have already saved 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Another 10,000 tonnes should follow by 2020. This intention has been endorsed by the Carbon Reduction Agreement entered into by the partners last year.
 
“As a logistics service provider, we bear a particular responsibility when it comes to planning and implementing our emissions-intensive transports. Some 40 per cent of all direct and indirect CO2 emissions at DB Schenker result from air cargo. Therefore, it was and is important to us that we engage in environmental protection together with Lufthansa Cargo and achieve our climate protection goals”, said Andrea Dorothea Schön, who is responsible for climate protection and CO2 controlling at DB Schenker.

According to Bettina Jansen, Lufthansa Cargo’s Head of Environmental Management, Lufthansa Cargo’s mixed freighter fleet only needs 1.89 litres of fuel on average to transport 100 kilograms a distance of 100 kilometres. “We are putting in an enormous effort to continuously reduce our fleet’s fuel consumption. Our five new Boeing 777Fs are the most efficient freighters in their class. In addition to this, we are using particularly lightweight containers, polishing even our engine blades for maximum efficiency and driving the digitisation of air cargo documents together with our partners. We are a forerunner in many areas and innovations will facilitate even further reductions in weight and consumption.”

 “Leading air freight companies such as Lufthansa Cargo are playing a pivotal role in our improved environmental performance. Transparent emissions reporting is one key aspect. A sustainable, long-term business relationship is based on mutual trust and working in a spirit of partnership to achieve quality and environmental goals. The agreements are milestones as they allow us to incorporate sustainability aspects into business relationships”, said Andrea Dorothea Schön.

 


Lufthansa Cargo freighter named “Marhaba Egypt”

MD-11F freighter becomes a flying ambassador

Frankfurt, 16 Oct 2016

A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter now bears the name “Marhaba Egypt” and will carry this message with it around the world. The aircraft with registration D-ALCF received its name at Cairo International Airport from the Egyptian Director of Civil Aviation, Hani Al-Adawy, the German Ambassador to Egypt, Mr Julius Georg Luy and Mr Sören Stark, Lufthansa Cargo board member Operations. The eventful ceremony featured a classic Water Salute from the Cairo International Airport fire brigade.

The aircraft’s name – “Marhaba, Egypt” – underscores Egypt’s role as an important market in airfreight transport. In a statement Sören Stark said: “The greeting ‘Marhaba, Egypt’ stands for the close connection between Lufthansa Cargo and Egypt. We are proud of being so well positioned in this key market with more than a dozen passenger and three freighter flights per week.”

The “Marhaba, Egypt” is already the eleventh Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be renamed. The names of the freighters are based on the winning concept of an open creative competition that Lufthansa Cargo organized in 2013 to choose names for the aircraft in its entire fleet. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury selected the main concept “Say hello around the world.”

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Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo now under one roof for Hong Kong ground handling

Europe’s largest air cargo carrier moves its local freight handling into the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal in Hong Kong as part of the carriers’ joint business agreement

Frankfurt, 07 Oct 2016

As a key milestone step of the joint business agreement (JBA) between Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo, which was announced in May, Europe’s largest air cargo carrier has moved its local freight handling into the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal (CPCT) in Hong Kong. The move, which took effect on 1 October, benefits customers of both carriers, with one single location for export drop-off and import delivery arrangements.

As part of the JBA, both cargo carriers are working closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and service enhancements, and plan to transport the first shipment under the cooperation framework from 1 February 2017 – initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in 2018.

“We are very pleased to share a handling location in Hong Kong. There will be many advantages for our customers and it represents an important milestone for the start of our partnership at the beginning of the year,” said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “The teams of both airlines can now work on the optimal coordination of their handling processes.”

Simon Large, Director Cargo at Cathay Pacific, said: “Bringing Hong Kong, the world’s busiest international air cargo hub closer to Europe, and thereby strengthening one of the world’s great trade lanes is what our cooperation is all about. Lufthansa Cargo’s move into the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal is an important first step. Thanks to the strengths of our respective networks, our customers will soon benefit from more direct connections, greater flexibility and time savings.”

The joint activities will be carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong.

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Jacqueline Casini to take charge of Corporate Communications at Lufthansa Cargo

Jacqueline Casini (44) will become Head of Corporate Communications at Lufthansa Cargo effective November 2016.

Frankfurt, 23 September 2016

The trained economist is currently responsible for Corporate Communications at the Erwin Hymer Group. At Lufthansa Cargo, Casini succeeds Michael Göntgens, who is leaving the company after more than six years on 30 September to become Group Manager Corporate Communications at Adam Opel AG. Besides PR, internal communications and marketing communications, the environmental management of Europe’s leading cargo airline will also fall within the Corporate Communications remit in the future.

 

“I am very much looking forward to working with Jacqueline Casini”, said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “With her extensive experience, she is sure to further develop communication at Lufthansa Cargo.”

 

Jacqueline Casini has been responsible for internal and external communications at the Erwin Hymer Group, Europe’s largest motor home and caravan manufacturer, since 2014. Prior to that, she supported market launches of various international companies in Germany as a senior marketing and communications specialist. Between 2007 and 2011, Casini was Head of Marketing at Spanish DEKRA subsidiary AT4 wireless.


Lufthansa Cargo greets Canada with “Hello, Bonjour Canada”.

MD-11F freighter becomes a flying ambassador.

A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter now bears the name “Hello, Bonjour Canada” and will carry this message with it around the world. The aircraft with registration D-ALCI received its name at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, from Bernhard Kindelbacher, Vice President for the Americas at Lufthansa Cargo, as well as Consul General Peter Fahrenholtz, the German Consul in Canada. This eventful ceremony featured a classic Water Salute from Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Services and the traditional Champagne Baptism. Also, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – also known as the Mounties – took part in the naming ceremony.

The aircraft’s name – “Hello, Bonjour Canada” – underscores Canada’s role as an important market in airfreight transport. In a statement Bernhard Kindelbacher said: “The greeting ‘Hello, Bonjour Canada’ stands for the close connection between Lufthansa Cargo and Canada. Both countries − Germany and Canada − look back on a long shared history. Since the earliest days of the discovery of the ‘New World’ up through today, trade between both countries has stood for efficiency and speed. We are proud of being so well positioned in this key and highly competitive market with more than 30 passenger and two freighter flights per week.”

Lufthansa has been serving customers in Canada since as early as 1956. Just one year after Lufthansa’s first North Atlantic flight to New York, the company began flying to Montreal. Since then, it has continuously expanded its flight offerings. In 1973, Toronto was added to the flight plan, followed by Vancouver ten years later. Lufthansa Cargo has served the country’s air cargo needs by flying freighters there since 2008.

The “Hello, Bonjour Canada” is already the tenth Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be renamed. The names of the freighters are based on the winning concept of an open creative competition that Lufthansa Cargo organized in 2013 to choose names for the aircraft in its entire fleet. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury selected the main concept “Say hello around the world.” In keeping with the concept, all Lufthansa Cargo freighters will be christened from now on with greetings in some 20 languages.


Lufthansa Cargo awarded CEIV certification for pharmaceuticals transport.

IATA honours the cargo airline – pharmaceutical sector to be further developed.

Lufthansa Cargo has been awarded the CEIV seal by airline association IATA. Over recent months, as part of a complex procedure, independent specialists have reviewed the airline's processes when transporting pharmaceuticals using the Cool/td Active and Cool/td Passive products and have assessed Lufthansa Cargo as exhibiting superior reliability and expertise. As such, Lufthansa Cargo is now one of only six airlines worldwide to have received this certification for processes throughout the global route network. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center in Frankfurt was also successfully certified. With the 4500 sq. metre-building, Lufthansa Cargo ensures that pharmaceutical shipments are handled reliably and quickly at its home airport.

“Pharmaceutical shipments are extremely challenging and demand maximum reliability from airlines. Adhering to the required temperature is crucial to ensure medication can be used as planned following shipping”, comments Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo. “Being one of the first airlines worldwide to receive IATA's new international certificate is the fruit of the work we have done on our Cool/td product over the last few years”.

With CEIV Pharma (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics), the IATA airline association has developed a global standard for pharmaceuticals transport for the very first time. “In achieving IATA CEIV Pharma certification across its global network, Lufthansa Cargo joins an elite group of six airlines whose customers can have even more confidence that their pharmaceuticals will be delivered in impeccable condition”, said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo. “IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals.” 

Temperature-controlled shipments are becoming an ever more important segment of the air cargo market for special products. But the demands placed on airlines are high. The temperatures required must be adhered to and documented throughout the entire transport chain. Because of this, Lufthansa Cargo has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years. Together with Dokasch, the company even developed the Opticooler – a refrigerated container, which functions exceptionally reliably due to compressor technology (with no need for dry ice). The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center, which opened in 2011 offering direct access onto the apron, is one of the most innovative hubs for handling temperature-sensitive cargo across the world. Four cold-storage rooms kept at different temperatures as well as a deep-freeze room ensure that the required temperature is guaranteed for each and every piece of cargo.

“We continue to see good growth opportunities in pharmaceutical shipping”, Alexis von Hoensbroech clarifies. “CEIV certification by IATA – combined with further innovations and product improvements – will help make us an even more attractive proposition to our customers from the pharmaceutical industry. That's why we will continue to invest in our infrastructure and processes.”


Lufthansa Cargo: Supervisory Board extends Peter Gerber’s contract

Cargo airline’s CEO confirmed for another five years

Peter Gerber will lead Lufthansa Cargo as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board for another five years. The company’s Supervisory Board has unanimously agreed an early extension of his contract to 30 April 2022. Lufthansa Cargo has initiated a comprehensive restructuring process in recent months aimed at achieving a sustainable increase in the airline’s profitability once again. Peter Gerber has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG since May 2014. Before that, the 52-year-old was on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, where he headed up the Human Resources, IT & Services division. Gerber was Board Member for Finance and Human Resources at Lufthansa Cargo between 2009 and 2012.


Lufthansa Cargo takes over time:matters

Financial investor Aheim Capital and management sell their shares in the express logistics company

Frankfurt, 09 August 2016

Lufthansa Cargo took over complete ownership of the time:matters Group, experts in global sameday delivery and time-critical international spare part logistics. The cargo airline, which spun off time:matters as a subsidiary in 2002, had already held a 49 per cent share. The majority 51 per cent shareholding had been held by financial investor Aheim Capital and time:matters management. Lufthansa Cargo and time:matters had already been cooperating successfully on express products. The takeover is in line with the Lufthansa Group’s “7 to 1: new concepts for growth” strategy.

“time:matters has established itself in recent years as the leading specialist for sameday delivery and emergency logistics in Europe”, said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “With time:matters, we are aiming to grow our business in the special segment as well. Our focus is all about maximum reliability, exceptional service and customised solutions", said Gerber.  time:matters is to be maintained as an independent company.

The CEO of time:matters, Franz-Joseph Miller, added: “With its technology and service platform, hardly any other logistics company can match time:matters in terms of service and flexibility. Since 2006, we have more than tripled our revenue to over 65 million euros.” He also believes there is enormous potential for further growth in the segment.

Peter Blumenwitz from Aheim Capital added: “After around ten years of intensive cooperation with the time:matters management team, we are pleased to be in a position to hand over to Lufthansa Cargo a company which, with its employees, is among the most innovative and creative in its industry and therefore represents an excellent platform for future air freight logistics concepts for the Lufthansa Group.”


Brand new air cargo service for private customers

Thanks to “myAirCargo”, private clients can book with Lufthansa Cargo too

Frankfurt, 08 August 2016

Whether it’s an urgent move, exotic antique or a larger-than-usual sports accessory, Lufthansa Cargo now makes it possible for private customers to send bulky goods internationally by air.

This means that Lufthansa’s logistics subsidiary organises complete transport from door to door – taking care of customs formalities on the way. As such, large objects can be sent halfway around the world with minimum effort – for example, now you can send home sizeable souvenirs from your exotic holiday.

The new offer is only available via www.myaircargo.com and can be booked online in just five steps. As part of this process, the price for shipment as well as the expected customs fees are displayed directly and can be easily settled by credit card.

“We are excited that private clients can now benefit directly from our many years of air cargo experience. By doing so, we are occupying an innovative niche in the market between postal services and forwarders. Book air cargo quickly and easily online, at first hand – only we can do that”, said Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

The new “myAirCargo” service is available immediately, between almost all European countries and the USA. In coming months, Lufthansa Cargo is to extend the offer to countless other countries.

 


Horses in seventh heaven

Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa First Class are becoming an official Premium Partner of the German Equestrian Federation (FN)

Frankfurt, 05 August 2016

Lufthansa Cargo can look back on more than 30 years of experience in the transportation of jumpers, dressage horses and racehorses. With this offer, the freight subsidiary of Lufthansa will, in the future, be a Premium Partner of the German Equestrian Federation, the umbrella organisation of all breeders, riders, drivers and vaulters in Germany.
“For us, the new partnership with the Equestrian Federation is also a way of honouring our many years of expertise in horse transportation. After all, the FN is the biggest equestrian sport association in the world. We are pleased to be bringing our extensive experience to the cooperation project and also providing a first-class service,” explains Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo.
Lufthansa Cargo can be relied on as the leading logistics partner for transporting horses.
The partnership between the German Equestrian Federation, Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa First Class strengthens the partners’ position in the high-end lifestyle segment, thus expanding the airline group’s premium offer. The Lufthansa First Class offer is one of the best products in the travel industry. For example, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal is certified with a 5-Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Lufthansa First Class offers additional possibilities for individual travel and is a reliable partner for a sophisticated lifestyle. In Europe and North America, passengers travelling with Lufthansa Private Jet benefit from a seamless connection to Lufthansa or Swiss First Class intercontinental flights.
The highest standards in top-class travel apply for people and also for animals. As an addition to the Lufthansa First Class offer, all animal passengers travelling with Lufthansa Cargo are now also given a perfect full service. This begins with appropriate housing in the many stables at the
Frankfurt Airport gateway, and continues with transportation in special horse boxes developed together with breeders and vets on to intensive supervision by trained staff in the air and on the ground. This ensures that the animals are given the best possible attention at all times. With the “Frankfurt Animal Lounge”, Lufthansa Cargo also provides one of the most state-of-the-art animal care facilities at an airport anywhere in the world – a kind of “First Class Lounge” for animal passengers.
“Lufthansa has always been a top-class airline company which, whenever necessary, takes us safely and comfortably to anywhere imaginable in the world,” said FN Secretary General Soenke Lauterbach. “For top-class sport, Lufthansa has been an important partner for many years. We are all the more pleased that the German Equestrian Federation can now also benefit from an individual partnership with Lufthansa.”
The partnership is for a longer-term cooperation and, from now onwards, will cover joint marketing activities, projects and synergies connected with equestrian sport.
Lufthansa Cargo operates a route network with around 300 destinations worldwide. The international name is Fédération Équestre Nationale, or FN for short. With a total of 689,941 members, the FN is the biggest equestrian sport association in the world.


New online offering for standard shipments

td.Basic offers Lufthansa quality for particularly price-sensitive cargo

Frankfurt, 19 July 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is going on the offensive in the highly competitive air cargo market. td.Basic, a new online offering for standard air cargo, will be available from September 2016. It offers the high Lufthansa quality at extremely attractive prices. This will be made possible by simpler background processes, booking via the cargo airline’s online channels only and a somewhat longer duration. As a result, the Lufthansa subsidiary’s new basic product will be suited to any shipments where the customer is happy to accept a transit time of three days more on average than with the familiar td.Pro standard product, which will still be offered.
“We are now adding a price offensive to our long-standing quality offensive. Our customers will be able to benefit from Lufthansa quality with particularly price-sensitive cargo as well from September. With this innovative basic offering, we are enhancing our product range and charting a path for growth in the standard cargo segment”, said Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo. “Our new online offering underscores that Lufthansa Cargo remains a forerunner when it comes to developing innovative products.”
The new td.Basic online product will complement the td.Pro standard offering and td.Flash express offering at Lufthansa’s cargo arm in the future. “This means we will be giving our customers even greater influence over the speed and price of our transport services”, said von Hoensbroech. The new product is part of the company’s new Cargo Evolution strategy, with which Lufthansa Cargo is hoping to advance digitisation and become the number one in the world for air cargo services, amongst other things.
The new td.Basic product will be available for booking via all of Lufthansa Cargo’s online channels from September 2016 onwards.


Lufthansa Cargo greets Italy with “Buongiorno”

MD-11 freighter becomes flying ambassador

Frankfurt, 01 July 2016

A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter will carry the name “Buongiorno Italy” (“Good day, Italy”) around the world in the future. The aircraft with the official registration D-ALCM was named by Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy, Malta, UK and Ireland at Lufthansa Cargo during a special ceremony held at Milan Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy. In keeping with tradition, the plane was welcomed by the airport fire brigade and with Italy’s typical spumante sparkling wine.
The name chosen for the aircraft, “Buongiorno Italy”, symbolises Italy's importance as one of the key markets in Europe’s air cargo industry. Thomas Egenolf said: “The greeting ‘Buongiorno Italy’ underlines the close link between Lufthansa Cargo and Italy. We are proud of being so well positioned in this important and highly competitive market with over 250 passenger and two freighter flights per week. With our active participation in the newly founded “Cluster Aereo” consisting of representatives from associations of forwarders, handing agents and airlines, we actively drive improvements in infrastructure, processes and recognition for the airfreight industry of Italy.”
Lufthansa Cargo has been providing services to customers in Italy ever since Lufthansa Cargo began operating, and the country has been served by two weekly freighter connections between Milan and Frankfurt since 2014.
The “Buongiorno Italy” is already the ninth Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be renamed. The names of the aircraft are based on the winning idea of an open creative competition organised by Lufthansa Cargo to rename its entire fleet in 2013. More than 40,000 potential aeroplane names were received by Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, and the jury decided on the idea of “Say hello around the world”. Accordingly, all freighters in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will henceforth be named with greetings in around 20 languages.

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Lufthansa Cargo and ANA extend joint venture

Greater flexibility and speed for customers throughout all of Europe

Frankfurt, 28 June 2016

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their successful cooperation on 12 July. As of that date, Lufthansa’s entire European feeder network will be combined with the direct flights of both partners. As a result, customers from all European countries will benefit from access to the joint venture’s strong network. This has only been possible for customers in Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain and Belgium to date.
“We are now offering our customers throughout all of Europe even greater flexibility and speed. This is another important step with ANA”, said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “Our customers also gain time through joint handling at numerous stations.”
The joint network includes more than 90 weekly direct connections between Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Brussels and Vienna in Europe and Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan. Shipments can also be sent via Haneda to the industrial hub in Fukuoka in the south of Japan. The feeder and direct flights can be booked via the usual booking channels of both partners.


Freight business at PAD continues to grow

Lufthansa Cargo opens station at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport

Frankfurt, 7 June, 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is due to open a new station at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport on 15 June. The logistics subsidiary of Lufthansa is working closely with the airport. In the initial stage, consignments in the standard freight, express freight and hazardous materials categories will be professionally handled, safely sealed and transported in regularly scheduled trucks under an LH flight number to the Frankfurt hub.

“We are delighted to be drawing closer to the strong, medium-sized corporate structure of the region. Our new service in Paderborn contributes to the further acceleration of imports and exports at the business location of Eastern Westphalia. The environment also benefits from the new freight handling options at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport because bundled consignments can now be transported to our hub,” says Ulla Kuntze, Regional Director of Sales and Freight Handling at Lufthansa Cargo.

“We see great development potential for air cargo at the airport. In Lufthansa Cargo, we have gained a first-class partner and are delighted to be part of the branch network of the world's leading cargo airline,” says Dr. Marc Cezanne, CEO of Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport.

In Germany, Lufthansa Cargo maintains the hubs at Frankfurt and Munich, giving access to some 300 destinations worldwide. The Lufthansa Cargo station at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport will initially operate Wednesday to Friday from 06:00 to 22:00.

 


Lufthansa Cargo calls for uniform security standards

Europe’s leading cargo airline gathered more than 120 safety experts at Frankfurt’s seventh Security Conference

Frankfurt, 19 May 2016

At its seventh Air Cargo Security Conference, Lufthansa Cargo spoke in favour of further harmonisation of security standards in Europe. “When it comes to security, Lufthansa Cargo makes no compromises. But there are more efficient methods that we are not yet allowed to use at our Frankfurt hub”, said the Security Head of Lufthansa Cargo, Harald Zielinski. For example, in the Netherlands and other European countries, certain canine patrols are allowed for many applications, but this is not yet possible in Germany. “We need to finally achieve uniform standards for air cargo security, at least within Europe”, affirmed Zielinski.

CDU MP Wolfgang Bosbach, a member of the Interior Committee of the German Bundestag, spoke on the changing nature of threats in recent decades. The threat situation is not less dramatic as in the 70s and 80s, however the challenges have changed. If the state reclaims the monopoly on the legitimate use of force for itself, he accepts the obligation to guarantee safety, Bosbach said. The safety authorities should be successful every day in preventing terrorists from being successful even once. However, freedom and security are two sides of the same coin and should not be pitted against each other.

Further momentum was provided by Birgit Loga, Head of Aviation Security at the German Federal Aviation Authority, and Erich Keil, Head of Airport Security Management, Fraport AG, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bock, Study Referent for Constitutional and International Law at the Federal Academy for Security Policy, and Hauke Blohm, Referent for Aviation Security of the Federal Police Headquarters, and Lothar Möhle, Schenker AG, Director of Air Security Standardisation & Governance.

 


Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo enter joint business agreement

Numerous benefits to customers from joint network between Hong Kong and Europe

Frankfurt, 12 May 2016

More direct connections, greater flexibility and time savings combined with service enhancements – these are just some of the benefits customers will enjoy thanks to the cooperation between the cargo division of Cathay Pacific Airways, the leading air cargo carrier in Asia, and Lufthansa Cargo, Europe's largest air cargo carrier. Simon Large, Director Cargo at Cathay Pacific, and Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo, signed an agreement for a highly integrated bilateral cooperation in Frankfurt. With respect to the cooperation routes between Hong Kong and Europe, both airlines will, in the future, work closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground handling. This will bring Hong Kong, the world’s busiest air cargo hub, closer to Europe, strengthening one of the world’s great trade lanes.
“Our joint network will cover more than 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 European destinations”, says Simon Large. “Cathay Pacific’s large number of direct connections to multiple European destinations fits perfectly with Lufthansa’s strength in Frankfurt, the most important European air freight hub, and in Europe through its dense feeder-network.”
“By joining forces, customers gain access to unique flexibility with more flights to choose from and a combination of feeder and direct flights. In this way their cargo can reach its destination hours earlier”, explained Peter Gerber. “We will also have more options for shipments which have to be transported by freighter due to their size or properties.”
The cooperation will also focus on service enhancements. For example, customers will be able to access the entire joint network via the booking systems of both partners. Joint handling, initially at the Hong Kong and Frankfurt hubs, will also make things easier for customers since there is just one point for export drop off and import delivery.
Both partners plan to transport the first shipments under the framework of the cooperation from early next year – initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in the course of the year.
The joint activities will be carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo today signed an agreement for a cooperation to provide customers with a larger and faster joint network offer on routes between Hong Kong and Europe.

From left to right: Mark Sutch (General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Cathay Pacific), Simon Large (Director Cargo, Cathay Pacific), Peter Gerber (CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo) and Bernhard Kindelbacher (Senior Vice President Strategy, Subsidiaries & Business Development Lufthansa Cargo)

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Lufthansa Cargo distinguishes DACHSER

Logistics group receives coveted “Planet Award of Excellence” for first time

Success for DACHSER at the Global Partner Council, the annual summit meeting of Lufthansa Cargo’s largest customers and the senior management of Europe’s leading cargo airline. The Kempten-based logistics company has won the “Planet Award of Excellence” for the first time. The presentation of the award by Lufthansa Cargo acknowledges DACHSER’s outstanding performance in their global cooperation.

DACHSER flew the highest market share of all Global Partners with Lufthansa Cargo last year. The company was also praised for the stability and sustainability of the close business relations over the past years. DACHSER impressed last year with growth in all Lufthansa Cargo special products: temperature-sensitive freight and perishables, living animals, express shipments, dangerous goods and valuable freight.

Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board Member for Products & Sales also commended the great innovative strength of DACHSER: “Together we have succeeded in optimizing our interfaces and processes very successfully and we are highly pleased that DACHSER belongs to our most active e-channel users. In addition, DACHSER was one of the first Global Partners to join the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, thus consolidating the position of Frankfurt as a major air cargo hub. All of these things result in the very highest quality standards for our mutual customers and earns them the Planet Award of Excellence.”

The award was presented in Hamburg and accepted on behalf of DACHSER by Thomas Reuter, Chief Operations Officer Air & Sea Logistics, and Timo Stroh, Head of Global Air Freight. “We are very proud that our outstanding cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo has earned us this award and highly pleased to be distinguished by one of the leading cargo airlines worldwide. We provide an extremely high standard of quality together, that can be experienced by our customers every single day, and the Planet Award of Excellence not only acknowledges this, but also serves as motivation for the continuation and perfection of our successful cooperation in blue and yellow,” stated Reuter.

The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for sustainable growth at Lufthansa Cargo and its largest customers. The 12 Global Partners, which besides DACHSER, also include Agility, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DSV/UTi, Expeditors, Hellmann, Kühne+Nagel, Panalpina and UPS account for about half of the revenue at Lufthansa Cargo.


Lufthansa Cargo focuses on startups

Together with Silicon Valley-based RocketSpace, Lufthansa Cargo is pushing forward digital innovation

Lufthansa Cargo is going to closely collaborate with promising technology startups. Lufthansa’s logistic division is the first freight airline globally to participate in the new “Logistics Tech Accelerator” program in cooperation with US-American company RocketSpace – who has been helping tech startups and corporate innovation professionals bring the future to market since 2011. Acorresponding agreement has now been signed.

“We are not only fully supporting innovation and digitisation in our own company, we want to drive our industry forward as a whole. We are already offering our customers worldwide innovative eServices. Nonetheless, we see great potential for increased digitisation and services in the entire air cargo supply chain. We are keen to explore new ways together with young, highly-qualified experts from the start-up scene.”, commented Monika Wiederhold, Vice President Product Management & Innovation at Lufthansa Cargo.

“Global corporations like Lufthansa Cargo working hand-in-hand with disruptive startups is a prime example of how an industry can come together to fuel open innovation.”, said Duncan Logan, Founder and CEO of RocketSpace. “The Logistics Tech Accelerator will not only create cross-industry collaboration, but also create a center of innovation excellence to empower participants to accelerate with purpose and achieve measurable results.”

As a part of the program, Lufthansa Cargo is going to educate startups on the business objectives of the industry, will closely co-operate with selected companies and incubate ideas for a pilot program, resulting in a go-to-market solution. In addition to startups, the Logistics Tech Accelerator will use the unique model of drawing from the diverse expertise of multiple corporate participants, alongside Lufthansa Cargo, including founding corporate member Kaleido. 

RocketSpace has already been working with Lufthansa’s Berlin based Innovation Hub. “We are proud of extending the cooperation to the logistics sector now.”, Wiederhold says. 

Logistics-focused startups can apply to the program now through May 12. To learn more about the program, visit: http://info.rocketspace.com/logistics-tech-accelerator.


ver.di trade union strike.

The ver.di trade union has called for warning strikes on Wednesday 27 April.

The ver.di trade union has called for warning strikes on Wednesday 27 April in ground handling, passenger screening and some airport fire services, at the Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover-Langenhagen airports. These strikes in the public service sector will result in huge numbers of flight cancellations, particularly at the Lufthansa home hubs, Frankfurt and Munich. Eurowings long-haul connections departing from Cologne are expected to be able to operate as scheduled. The Austrian Airlines hub in Vienna is not affected by the strikes.

Lufthansa Cargo is envisaged to be able to operate all planned cargo connections on 27 April. However, the strikes will result in some flight times being pushed back by several hours. Flight LH8170 from Frankfurt to Atlanta is worst affected and is likely to be delayed by 24 hours.
The ver.di strikes also have a significant impact on the belly capacities available on passenger aircraft. No flights will be available throughout the entire day from and to Munich. The following connections are offered for cargo bookings departing from Frankfurt, from start of operations until 3 p.m.: LH622 to Riad, LH442 to Detroit, LH426 to Philadelphia, LH740 to Kansai, LH534 to Caracas. On 27 April, flights of Lufthansa Passage with a scheduled arrival in Frankfurt until 4 p.m. local time, are unfortunately not available for cargo bookings. In Cologne, Eurowings flight EW106 to Bangkok will be available for cargo bookings. Where possible, continental cargo bookings will be transferred to our Road Feeder Services.

On our website, we provide our customers with up-to-date information on the status of their shipments in the TrackIT system. We deeply regret that the ver.di public service sector strikes are resulting in unavoidable service reductions for our customers. All Lufthansa Cargo staff are working very hard to keep the effects to a minimum. Your regional Lufthansa Cargo team will be happy to assist you in finding the best possible solution for your consignments.

 


Lufthansa Cargo awards quality prizes

ITG in top two places | DACHSER, DB Schenker, Expeditors and UPS also rewarded

Frankfurt, 29 Mar 2016

For what is now the sixth time, Lufthansa Cargo awarded its “Quality Award for the German Market” in six different categories. This year, forwarder ITG came out on top twice: The international full-service logistics service provider based at Munich Airport was awarded best delivery quality among the top 40 customers for the second time in a row. First place also went to ITG in the combined category of “Quality and eCargo”. “We are very proud to have won this prize for the third time in four years. Our thanks go above all to the teams in the stations whose conscientious work every day makes a valuable contribution not only to satisfying the customers but also allowing optimum cooperation with the airlines. This interaction in the transport chain results in outstanding performance”, explained Holger Funk, Director Forwarding at ITG, during the prize-giving ceremony.

The award for best quality among forwarders handling more than 10,000 air waybills per year went to DACHSER. Among the top 40 customers, the “eCargo award” went to Expeditors, while UPS received the prize among forwarders with more than 10,000 air waybills. The combined prize for “Quality and eCargo” went to DB Schenker among forwarders with more than 10,000 air waybills.

“For Lufthansa Cargo, quality is the very top priority. Our quality prizes reward the efforts of our partners and also provide incentive for further improvements. The closer we match our efforts together, the more we can improve quality overall”, said J. Florian Pfaff, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Area Management Germany, Europe and Africa.

Lufthansa Cargo awards prizes in three categories for the two customer groups “Top 40” and “Forwarders with more than 10,000 air waybills”. In the “Quality” category, different quality parameters relating to compliance with scope of service and delivery punctuality are assessed. The “e-Cargo Award”, launched in 2014, aims to support the rapid expansion of digital processes between forwarder and airline. The best combined performance is decisive for the “Quality and eCargo” award.


Lufthansa Cargo sets course for future growth

Product innovations and ambitious savings programme to provide tailwind for Lufthansa’s cargo arm

Frankfurt, 18 Mar 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is implementing a comprehensive range of measures to counter the decline in the 2015 annual results. Besides an ambitious cost-cutting programme, the airline has announced further product innovations. The company is also pressing ahead with initiatives from the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future programme, including close partnerships with other airlines.

“We will still be operating in an extremely challenging market environment in the years ahead”, commented Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO Peter Gerber at the presentation of the 2015 annual results. “But we have a clear strategy that has been set up to facilitate sustainable and profitable growth again. With innovative products, superb service and competitive cost structures, we will make the most of the advantages offered by our Frankfurt base.”

In 2015, Lufthansa Cargo achieved an adjusted EBIT of 74 million euros (down 40 per cent on the previous year). After a strong first quarter, demand on the global air cargo markets weakened steadily. On top of this, there was turbulence in the Chinese market and a very strong US dollar, which affected export-driven industries in the US in particular. The numerous strikes of the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union and Unabhängige Flugbegleiterorganisation (UFO) cabin attendants’ union led to further reductions in transported cargo volumes and revenues. With an impairment for the LCCneo project (with the construction of a new logistics centre in Frankfurt having been postponed in spring 2015 for two years initially), the EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) fell even more considerably to 3 million euros (2014: 123 million euros).
 
Chairman and CEO Peter Gerber stressed that the company would stick with the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future strategy in spite of the decline in profits: “We have set the right course, and the first plants of Lufthansa Cargo 2020 are starting to bear fruit”, said Mr Gerber. “With our new Boeing 777Fs, we are flying more efficiently and saving more fuel than ever before in our company’s history. The cooperation with ANA has gotten off to a superb start and we will be working very closely with another strong airline, United Airlines, in the future. We are also marketing the cargo capacities of Eurowings long-haul flights, which makes our network even more appealing.”

The Chairman and CEO also emphasised the successful, global renewal of the IT landscape: “This has been an important requirement to getting us working efficiently and successfully. This step has also been a milestone in our efforts towards achieving a fully digitised air cargo business.”

In order to open up new growth areas, Lufthansa Cargo is also focusing on offering an innovative product range. Besides enhancing the product portfolio (including in the hotly contested standard freight market), the company will also address a completely new market segment and consider the transport needs of private travellers, especially Lufthansa passengers. Through the myAirCargo product, passengers and private individuals will now be able to send any kind of personal item via air freight, quickly, simply and cost-effectively. “Lufthansa Cargo has often been a pioneer in the past when it comes to developing and launching new products and services”, said Mr Gerber. “We want to live up to this again with myAirCargo.”

As the basis for further success, unit costs will be adjusted in keeping with the challenging market environment. In order to remain competitive, the Lufthansa Cargo Board already initiated the C40 cost-cutting programme in the autumn of last year. It shall reduce annual costs by at least 40 million euros by 2018 through this. The focus is on staff and service provider costs. “We clearly have to further strengthen our competitiveness on the cost side as well if we are to be in a position to grow profitably again in our core business”, said Dr. Martin Schmitt, Board Member Finance and Human Resources. “This is how we will generate the profits we need to fund investment in the future of our company.”

Cargo Board Members Mr Gerber and Mr Schmitt are confident of strengthening the Lufthansa Cargo market position for the long term with this comprehensive range of measures. In spite of challenging competition, including a number of state-subsidised airlines from e.g. the Gulf, the preconditions are very good for Lufthansa Cargo. “We have a superb base in Frankfurt Airport. Nowhere else on our continent are air cargo volumes higher than here in the heart of Europe”, said Chairman and CEO Mr Gerber. “This is an opportunity we aim to and will exploit.” The Lufthansa Cargo Board is expecting this year's earnings (adjusted EBIT) to slightly exceed those of last year.


Please find here the Annual report 2015.


Lufthansa Cargo announces key management appointments

New responsibilities for Achim Martinka, Bernhard Kindelbacher and Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt

Frankfurt, 18 Mar 2016

Lufthansa Cargo has appointed new area managers for the regions Europe & Africa and The Americas as well a new Head of Global Handling Management.

As of 1 June 2016, Achim Martinka will be in charge of sales and handling in the region Europe & Africa. He succeeds Carsten Wirths, who had started his new position as Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine GmbH early this month. Since October 2010 Martinka has been in charge of Lufthansa Cargo’s activities in North and South America as Vice President Area Management The Americas. Previously, the holder of a degree in business administration had been responsible for the markets France, Switzerland and the Benelux countries as Regional Director Sales & Handling.

Another seasoned Lufthansa Cargo manager, Bernhard Kindelbacher, will move to Atlanta to take over as Head of Area Management The Americas as of 1 June 2016. Since 2010 Kindelbacher has been in charge of Strategy, Subsidiaries & Business Development at Lufthansa Cargo. In that position, he is responsible for strategy development and equity investment management as well as cooperation agreements and the cargo airline’s long-term fleet strategy. From 2000 to 2004 he had already worked for Lufthansa Cargo in the USA as Director of Sales USA Northeast & Midwest and Canada, based in New York.

As of 1 April 2016, Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt will be the cargo airline’s new Director of Global Handling Management. The holder of a doctorate in engineering has been with Lufthansa Cargo since July 2010 and is currently in charge of Global Handling Development & Solutions. Breithaupt had previously served as Director Global Passenger Processes with responsibility for the digitalisation of world-wide check-in and gate processes for Lufthansa Passage. Breithaupt succeeds Thilo Schäfer, who had left Lufthansa Cargo at his own request in late February.

“We are very happy to be able to fill these key positions with highly experienced and successful managers from our own company”, said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “They are reliable partners for our customers and will continue to drive our company forward despite a very challenging market environment.“


Lufthansa Cargo honours service partners

“Supplier Awards” for excellent cooperation presented in Berlin

Frankfurt, 18 Mar 2016

On Thursday evening Lufthansa Cargo held its first “Supplier Awards” ceremony for service partners in Berlin. With these awards the cargo airline wants to thank the winners for their outstanding achievements in the quest for quality. Awards were presented in the two categories: “Best Customer Solution” and “Best Performance”. And there were further awards for best cooperation in Lufthansa Cargo’s four business regions: Germany, Europe & Africa, America and Asia-Pacific as well as at its hubs in Munich and Frankfurt. There was also a special award for Best Software Implementation.

“At Lufthansa Cargo every effort goes into offering our customers the very finest quality. This is only possible thanks to a close and trustful cooperation with our many service partners. They see themselves as part of the Lufthansa family and we have a common understanding of quality and performance. We are extremely proud of our powerful network and expressly wish to thank all of our suppliers. But even among the best some are simply outstanding and deserve the Supplier Award in its different categories”, said Thomas Sonntag, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Procurement & Infrastructure.

 


Lufthansa Cargo route network grows

Countless new destinations | Frequencies increased | Eurowings long-haul routes integrated

Frankfurt, 11 March 2016

Lufthansa Cargo is adding countless new destinations when the summer schedule begins on
27 March. A weekly freighter service to Moscow is one new addition to the schedule. An MD-11F has already been flying every Monday since March from Frankfurt to Domodedovo Airport, before connecting the Russian capital with Ashgabat and Baku. Lufthansa’s cargo arm will also fly an MD-11F to Doha every Friday. Furthermore, there will now be a direct flight from Frankfurt to Seattle, which will be served every Friday as well with an AeroLogic Boeing 777F. The jet will then fly on to Los Angeles before returning to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa Cargo will bring in a larger aircraft for future freighter flights from Frankfurt to Tokyo and Seoul (six times a week) and Beijing (four times a week). A Boeing 777F will operate on these rotations from the end of March. Lufthansa Cargo will link Frankfurt and Hong Kong daily in the future: in addition to the Saturday connection with an AeroLogic Boeing 777F, Lufthansa’s cargo arm will also fly an MD-11F to the south coast of China six times a week, instead of four. The frequency to Ho Chi Minh City doubles from one to two weekly services.

However, countless new destinations will also be available via the belly fleet. For example, Lufthansa has been flying an Airbus A340 to Panama City five times a week since 2 March and will serve San José, California from July. With immediate effect, the cargo capacities of the Eurowings long-haul fleet will only be available for booking via Lufthansa Cargo. An Airbus A330 already serves Varadero, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata from Cologne. Phuket and Bangkok will be added from the end of March, along with Cancun and Mauritius from May, Boston from June and Miami from September. Frequencies to Shanghai will also increase, with Austrian Airlines serving the Chinese metropolis from Vienna five times a week initially from April and then daily with a Boeing 777 from May.

 


Lufthansa Cargo brings Eurowings’ belly capacities to market

Network will be expanded to include attractive long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn (CGN)

Beginning with the summer timetable (27 March), Lufthansa Cargo will market the belly capacities of Eurowings’ long-haul flights. This will allow Europe's leading cargo carrier to expand their network to include more destinations for their customers directly from Cologne/Bonn (CGN). This expansion will include routes to the Caribbean (Varadero, Cancun, Dominican Republic) and Thailand (Phuket, Bangkok).

With Eurowings, Lufthansa is establishing a secondary brand which will also offer intercontinental flights from Europe. Eurowings is already the leading point-to-point airline in its home markets Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Eurowings is the third passenger airline whose belly capacities are marketed by Lufthansa Cargo. The other two services previously available to customers were the Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines cargo holds. In addition, Lufthansa Cargo operates 17 freighters.

“By integrating Eurowings’ belly capacities, the services we provide our customers become all the more attractive”, says Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member of Lufthansa Cargo with responsibility for Product & Sales. “Eurowings’ growing network is an ideal complement to our previous connections.”

And Oliver Wagner, CEO of Eurowings, extols the benefits of the partnership: “Lufthansa Cargo is the leading cargo airline in Europe and has extensive experience in marketing the belly capacities of passenger airlines. This collaboration will help us make optimum use of the cargo holds on our long-haul jets.”

 


1,500 Tonnes of Roses on Board

Lufthansa Cargo flying 40 million roses for Valentine’s Day

On Sunday, people all over the world will be offering flowers to their loved ones for Valentine’s Day. Lufthansa Cargo is currently flying entire freighters filled with beautiful roses to ensure that the millions of declarations of love will not have to go without the scent of fresh roses. The Lufthansa Group’s cargo airline will be transporting over 1,500 tonnes of the sensitive product this year. That is equivalent to about 40 million roses or the capacity of 16 flights with the MD-11 freighter.

Lufthansa Cargo always adds special charter flights to its regular flight schedule in February – this year with flights from Quito and Nairobi to Frankfurt – to meet the high demand on Valentine's Day. Europe’s leading cargo airline developed its special Fresh/td product especially for the shipment of perishable products, such as flowers and food, and has all the very latest equipment and facilities

The roses’ journey usually starts in Kenya and South America. These countries offer the best conditions for growing roses, with an ideal climate all year around. Sophisticated logistics ensures that the roses are quickly and carefully transported from the countries where they are cultivated to their final destinations: The roses are harvested at the flower farms several times a day and then immediately placed in water and cooled. After being sorted and packaged, the flowers are sent straight to the airport and the perfectly cooled cargo holds of the freighters. The roses’ stay at Frankfurt Airport is but a short one and they usually find themselves in the hands of romantics all over Europe within a few hours of landing at the city on the Main.

 


Lufthansa Cargo carries 1.6 million tonnes of freight in 2015

Slight year-on-year decline in volumes / Customer satisfaction levels remain high

MD-11F in front of an ascending planeFrankfurt, 12 January 2016

Lufthansa Cargo again maintained its leading position in Europe last year, with a total of 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail flown. The total volume declined slightly in a challenging market environment. The company had carried around two percent more freight the previous year.

Lufthansa Cargo increased the capacity offered by two percent over the last twelve months. However, with sales falling slightly, capacity utilisation was also down. The full-year load factor amounted to 66.3 per cent (-3.4 percentage points).

“Last year was not an easy one for the air freight industry”, emphasised Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Peter Gerber. “Turbulence in the Chinese market and the strong US Dollar, that affected a lot of industries, stretched us all to our limits. Strikes called by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union and the cabin crew union UFO also weighed heavily on us at Lufthansa Cargo.”
Nevertheless, Lufthansa Cargo continued to invest further in its own product and network last year, adding new destinations in places such as Turkmenistan, Vietnam and Brazil to its flight schedule. The high customer satisfaction level of the previous year was maintained.

Peter Gerber emphasised that Lufthansa Cargo will remain flexible and operate close to the market in 2016 as well. The Lufthansa subsidiary is withdrawing two MD-11 freighters from its fleet to further increase capacity utilisation on the freighter routes. The airline is therefore offering its customers flights of its five new Boeing 777 freighters as well as twelve MD-11Fs. On top of this, there are capacities via its AeroLogic subsidiary, which has a total of eight Boeing 777Fs. Lufthansa Cargo customers can also make use of the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, giving them access to a network of some 300 destinations in around 100 countries.


Worldwide recognition of environmental management system

Lufthansa Cargo awarded international ISO14001 environmental standard certification

Boeing 777F mirroring in water drop on grassFrankfurt, 11 January 2016

The sustainable environmental strategy of Lufthansa Cargo is a success. This has now been recognised. The company has received the worldwide acknowledged ISO14001 certification. Certification began in 2008 in Frankfurt and was then gradually rolled out. Lufthansa Cargo has already been ISO certified at all German stations since 2010, and has now achieved worldwide certification.

“As an airline, we have a special responsibility to our environment. We live up to this responsibility through our ambitious environmental targets. For example, we want to reduce our specific CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Global certification of our environmental management system is another milestone in this. We are on the right track and won’t let up in our efforts”, said Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations.


Sören Stark to be Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo

After 28 years in Lufthansa Management, Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht is retiring

Effective 1 April 2016, Sören Stark will be appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo with responsibility for Operations. The 48-year-old industrial engineer is currently in charge of aircraft maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. In this post, he is responsible for all the maintenance events and cabin modifications that are carried out worldwide by Lufthansa Technik.

Stark succeeds Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, who has been in charge of Operations since April 2011, and who will go into retirement at the end of March. The mechanical engineer has held various management positions within the Lufthansa Group in the past 28 years.

"Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht has significantly contributed to positioning Lufthansa Cargo as a recognised leader when it comes to quality", said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo. "Under his direction, punctuality, reliability and quality have reached record values for Lufthansa Cargo customers. Sören Stark is inheriting the field of Operations in excellent shape."

Hohmeister continued: "I am very pleased that we have been able to engage Sören Stark as Board Member Operations, an experienced member of the Lufthansa team. Thanks to his comprehensive experience in logistics and in managing large operational areas, he will continue to further guide our Operations into the future and strengthen the role of Lufthansa Cargo in the face of strong competition."

In the future, as Board Member Operations, Sören Stark will be responsible for handling in Frankfurt, Munich and the Lufthansa Cargo Service Center, as well as the areas of Global Handling Management, Flight Operations & Transport Management and Security & Environmental Management.

Before his current position as Senior Vice President Aircraft Base Maintenance, Stark spent around six years as Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH. The company is active worldwide as a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG and provides logistics services for the aviation industry. Sören Stark already succeeded Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht in this role. Dr KarlRudolf Rupprecht led Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH as Managing Director between 2000 and 2004, before he was put in charge of the Frankfurt hub for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Sören Stark joined the Lufthansa Group in 2001 and took over the management of the LSG Sky Chefs facility in Frankfurt. Following his studies, he was initially employed as a management consultant before he held various internal leadership roles in logistics for Schott Glaswerke in Mainz. 


Mobile consignment tracking with the new "Lufthansa Cargo eServices" App

As of now, the new App can be obtained free of charge for mobile phones and tablets Lufthansa Cargo has released its new App, "Lufthansa Cargo eServices".

Frankfurt, 10 December 2015

The App is offering comprehensive shipment tracking as well as direct feedback opportunities for mobile phones and tablets, including innovative image uploading.
Users constantly receive updated information on their shipments, on request via push notification.

The App also offers a clear overview of all current bookings and furthermore enables access to consignments with higher security requirements via an optional log in process.
Preliminary claims, complaints and feedback, including photos, can be conveyed quickly and
specifically to Lufthansa Cargo – for example, immediately after delivery. This integrated
functionality serves to emphasize the cargo airline's quality promise.

"After the launch of the ePortal in the summer, the start of the new, integrated eServices App is a
further step towards the digitization of our cargo process", according to Boris Hueske, Program
Manager eCargo at Lufthansa Cargo.
The „Lufthansa Cargo eServices“ can be obtained free of charge in Google Play Store, Windows
Phone Store and Apple App Store, as well as on the website www.lufthansa-cargo.de


United and Lufthansa plan enhanced cargo cooperation between US and Europe

Customers to benefit from increased network and service options

Chicago/Frankfurt, 09 December 2015
 
Logos of United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo

United Airlines and Lufthansa plan to enhance their current cooperation to include cargo cooperation by United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo on routes between the US and Europe. The parties are discussing a wide variety of possible elements of the planned cooperation to create a seamless network for the shipping industry, including, among others, an alignment of information technology services and warehouse facilities.

The planned cooperation of United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo will create a more efficient and comprehensive transatlantic cargo network and increase the choices and benefits available to cargo customers.

Implementation of this enhanced cargo cooperation between United and Lufthansa is subject to finalization of the commercial arrangement and compliance with existing EU and US regulations and necessary government approvals.

 


Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo expand joint network in Japan

Industrial metropolis Fukuoka is leading the way starting from 1 December

Frankfurt, 01 December 2015

Contemporaneously with the first anniversary of their cooperation, Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are kicking-off the expansion of their joint network between Europe and Japan by adding connected destinations in Japan: First Fukuoka on the main island Kyushu in south Japan, later to be followed by Sapporo on the north island.
Starting from December, ANA flights from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka Airport (FUK) can be booked via both partners' booking systems. “Thanks to the Joint Venture we can connect the wide European network of Lufthansa Cargo, with the direct connections of both partners to Japan and the continental de-feeder flights of ANA”, says Carsten Wirths, Area Manager Europe and Africa, Lufthansa Cargo. „Customers of both partners in Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Austria will benefit.“
"Fukuoka and its region are important centres for the steel and automotive industries, as well as for semiconductor technology, electronics, environmental and biotechnology", explains Yutaka Terao, Project Manager Cooperations, ANA Cargo. "These are sectors which substantially profit from air freight."


Children's feet decorate freighter

Lufthansa Cargo presents flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care

Frankfurt, 27 November 2015

A Lufthansa Cargo freighter is from now on flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage. The carrier has turned the MD-11F registered "D-ALCH" into a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care. The colourful design was presented on Thursday at Nairobi (Kenya) airport. It symbolises the motto "Step by step. Giving children a future". The footprints on the 61 metre-long fuselage are from girls and boys who are currently being looked after by Cargo Human Care.

The association runs an orphanage for around 120 children nearby the Kenyan capital and also supports a medical centre. German doctors are regularly flown on board the Lufthansa Cargo freighters to Nairobi, where they provide free treatment for those in need.

In order to also offer a stable and safe environment for the orphans after they reached the age of majority, Cargo Human Care just this week opened a new residence for 18 to 24 year olds. More than 20 young women and men will live in the John Kaheni Residence, which is named after a resident of the Cargo Human Care institution who died of a heart condition at just 20 years old. They have recently successfully completed school and are currently undertaking vocational training. The John Kaheni Residence is financed to a large part by the fund-raising campaign "F.A.Z. readers help" by the German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".

Fokko Doyen, Founder of Cargo Human Care, Flight Captain and Fleet Chief with Lufthansa Cargo, said at the opening: "We would like to thank the F.A.Z readers, all the members of Cargo Human Care and also Lufthansa Cargo for their amazing support. We are taking a massive step forwards. Thanks to the John Kaheni Residence we are now able to more sustainably care for the youngsters. The vocational training is financed through sponsorships and provides them with a secure future."

In Nairobi Dr Martin Schmitt, Board Member Finance and Human Resources at Lufthansa Cargo, emphasised the following: "Lufthansa Cargo and Cargo Human Care have been connected since by a very close partnership for many years. We are proud to be able to contribute even a small part to what Cargo Human Care constitutes and achieves. Our new and colourfully designed freighter not only symbolises this close partnership. The cheerful design is also intended to instil courage and pass on the positive energy which Cargo Human Care generates."  

 

Further information about Cargo Human Care

 


Vietnam to become a permanent fixture of the Lufthansa Cargo network

Freighter service to and from Ho Chi Minh City has been successfully started

Vietnam is to become a permanent fixture of the Lufthansa Cargo route network as part of the new winter schedule. Following a successful test phase over the summer months, the cargo airline will be flying a Boeing 777F weekly to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN).


The freighter will be departing every Thursday from Frankfurt (FRA), heading for Ho Chi Minh City via Mumbai (BOM), and will finally terminate at Hong Kong (HKG). Frank Naeve, Vice President Asia-Pacific at Lufthansa Cargo since 1 August, is pleased about the stable demand coming from Vietnam: "We are proud to have built up excellent relationships with our clients in Vietnam, which we will now be further cultivating with the fixed freighter connection. Using our flexible network management we will be able to effectively meet demand. We are constantly working on making our network in the Asia-Pacific region even more attractive for our customers."


Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo Joint venture starts in Belgium

Daily direct flights with ANA from Brussels to Tokyo, as of 25 October

Once the winter flight schedule launches, customers in Belgium can send their cargo directly from Brussels to Japan for the first time. As of 25 October, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is offering a daily connection between Brussels and Tokyo Narita with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. A 8.50 pm takeoff from the Belgium capital enables arrival in Narita at 4.10 pm the following day. The return flight takes off at 11.15 am from Narita, landing in Brussels the same day at 3.15 pm (all local times).


As such, customers in Belgium will also benefit from the collaboration between ANA Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo on routes between Europe and Japan in the form of more and faster connections, more capacity, flexibility and time savings. In total, customers in Germany, France, Austria, Great Britain and Belgium have over 90 weekly direct flights between Europe and Japan to choose from, as well as selected feeder and de-feeder flights. The direct flights connect eleven airports such as Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Vienna and Brussels, as well as Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka. At eight stations the partners have co-located their handling or work together with the same groundhandler.


Rapid assistance from the air for refugees

The German Red Cross and Lufthansa Cargo have flown more than 15,000 camp beds in recent days from North America to Germany. 

On September 22 Lufthansa flight LH419 from Washington landed on time at 7:23 am at the airline's hub in Frankfurt after a 6:50 hour flight.  On board the Boeing 747-8 were approximately 1,000 camp beds. The remaining beds, divided over twelve flights, were transported to Frankfurt in the days preceding. The cargo airline undertook the transport at cost price.

The total volume of the cargo amounted to nearly 120 tonnes, divided between 271 pallets. The beds were desperately needed by refugees who are being looked after by the German Red Cross in emergency accommodation and were provided by both the Canadian and the American Red Cross. Thousands of camp beds were urgently needed in Germany because all available beds in Europe are already occupied.

"At the moment the German Red Cross are attending more than 288 emergency accommodations for approximately 82,000 refugees nationwide.  In addition, we will support the federal government with the provision of further shelters for refugees.  In order to carry this out, rapid logistics solutions, such as we are able to implement now with Lufthansa Cargo, are indispensable", said the German Red Cross General Secretary Christian Reuter.

Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, added: "We are very happy to be able to make a small contribution to the valuable work of the German Red Cross. Fast and uncomplicated help is called for in situations such as we are experiencing at the moment. It was only thanks to air transport that within a few days we managed to bring more than 15,000 camp beds to where they were so urgently needed."


Lufthansa Cargo's Triple Seven "Hallo Germany" becomes a film star

PilotsEYE.tv shows the manufacture, collection and transfer of the brand-new Boeing 777F

Frankfurt, 15 September 2015 

Cockpit view Boeing 777FThe film team of director Thomas Aigner accompanied the birth of Lufthansa Cargo's fifth Boeing 777, registration code D-ALFE, for three months. The film shows the freighter from fascinating perspectives: from its manufacture, to being sold, up to the ferry flight from the Boeing hangar in Seattle to its new home airport in Frankfurt. The DVD containing the film and numerous bonus features has been commercially available since 9th September. 

 

Claus Richter, Triple Seven Chief Pilot with Lufthansa Cargo, and his colleague Manfred Schridde, Technical Pilot of the B777 fleet with Lufthansa Cargo, are the (human) protagonists of the film. Both flight captains explain the most important stages on the way to the creation of a new aircraft.

 

"We are excited to be part of this fantastic production with Lufthansa Cargo for the second time", says Claus Richter. The D-ALFE was already the third Triple Seven that he had flown to Frankfurt fresh from the factory. In the course of the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme the cargo airline had ordered five Triple Sevens in total which, thanks to their lower noise and fuel emissions points, are more eco-efficient and therefore more economical than all other freighters in their class. The first Boeing 777F started its service with the cargo airline in November 2013.  

 

"PilotsEYE.tv enables everyone to experience the 'fascination of flight'", explains Thomas Aigner, managing director of AignerMEDIA, regarding the concept behind his film series. Passengers, aviation fans and anyone else who wishes to finally experience a flight from the cockpit can get their money's worth. Closer than ever before. 
 
 
Price and availability of the DVD and Blu-ray 
PilotsEYE.tv No. 16 "SEATTLE – A Plane’s birth – Coming to Earth" is available on DVD and Blu-ray for 29.90 Euro. Direct from http://pilotseye.tv, Amazon.de and Amazon.uk, in airport shops in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, as well as in specialist aviation and book distributors.  
DVD: EAN 4260139480265 • ISBN 978-3-943781-26-7 • ASIN B00ZSVDTN6
BD: EAN 4260139480364 • ISBN 978-3-943781-36-6 • ASIN B00ZSVDTP4
SUBTITLES: ENGLISH • GERMAN • FRENCH • SPANISH
 
Press photos are available on request at presse@pilotseye.tv


New pricing structures at Lufthansa Cargo and Swiss WorldCargo

A new Airfreight Surcharge to be introduced as of winter schedule 2015/16

Lufthansa Cargo and Swiss WorldCargo are adapting their pricing structure with effect from the winter flight schedule 2015/16. As of October 25 the pricing of both airlines will consist of just two components: a net rate and an “Airfreight Surcharge”. As a result, the different surcharges currently in place, i.e. for fuel and security, will be eliminated. As the new airfreight surcharge will be much lower than the total amount of the current surcharges, the net rates will be re-aligned so that overall prices of transportation will remain at current levels.


“The new pricing structure is uncomplicated and ensures that we are well-positioned for the future, given the changes that the markets have undergone,” said Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product and Sales. “We have listened to our customers. The net rate will be considerably more important, and we will be able to significantly reduce special processes, such as negative rates, with the lower airfreight surcharge. That cuts down on complexity and makes us faster.”


Oliver Evans, Chief Cargo Officer of SWISS stated: “The new airfreight surcharge reflects the volatility of external cost factors beyond the airlines’ control, such as fuel, currency rates, airport charges and fees. The Airfreight Surcharge will be adjusted whenever one of these external cost factors changes significantly and thus will display necessary price adjustments in a transparent way. This would not have been the case with an all-in rate, which both airlines reviewed in detail. An all-in rate would have been less transparent.”
 

To accommodate customer requests for price stability with long-term contracts, it will be possible in the future to fix the overall price − subject to a risk add-on − across the entire term of certain contracts.
 

The adjusted pricing structure will go into effect in most markets worldwide on October 25. For legal reasons, the current surcharge structure will remain in place only in those countries where pricing is subject to government regulation (e.g., Japan and Hong Kong).


20 years of flying fresh

The Perishable Center Frankfurt is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Lufthansa Cargo offers their congratulations.

Whether it's Asparagus from Peru, meat from Argentina or flowers from Kenya... Europe's largest centre for temperature-controlled logistics covers 9,000 square metres and has handled up to 700 tonnes of fresh goods every day for the last two decades. In order to ensure perfect storage conditions for perishable goods, there are 20 temperature-controlled areas in total, ranging from -24 degrees Celsius to +24 degrees Celsius. Around 120 employees take care to ensure that the delicate cargo is transported as quickly as possible from the aircraft to the halls and from there, on its onward journey throughout Europe. 96 per cent of the goods even leave the PCF on the very same day they arrive.

Thanks to the Perishable Center, Lufthansa Cargo has an ideal partner at their side, enabling them to bring high-quality fresh produce to their customers in the shortest time. The cargo subsidiary of Lufthansa is the only airline to be represented by their own Competence Team in the PCF, which coordinates the loading process and ensures the goods are of the best quality. "This more intensive collaboration has been in place since 2012", reminisces Oliver Blum, Head of Operations Fresh/td.

Numerous projects have been completed together in the past. The most recent of these was the introduction of the vacuum cooler, which chills the flowers effectively and quickly, thereby keeping them fresh for longer. The objective? The best possible quality. In addition to this, the desire to strengthen and further the Frankfurt site is one of the targets the two companies want to achieve together. "I look forward to the coming years and wish the Perishable Center continued success in the future", says Oliver Blum and adds, "with Lufthansa Cargo by their side."


Freight volumes stable at Lufthansa Cargo

Airline backs flexible supply management in challenging market environment

In the first six months of this year, Lufthansa Cargo carried 811,000 tons of freight and post. This is a 0.5 percent increase over the same period the previous year. This means the leading Euro-pean freight airline is holding its own in a challenging market environment. Load factor was at 67.6 percent, down 2.5 percentage points. Lufthansa Cargo achieved clear four percent freight growth on its American and African routes, while sales in Europe and Asia were down slightly.

"After an exceptionally good start to 2015, we were aware of the challenging market situation again in the second quarter. We are monitoring the market very carefully and can react by adjusting our routes flexibly and quickly to changes in demand. This allows us to meet the needs of our customers while at the same time guaranteeing the profitability of the individual connections", explains Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board. Among other things, Lufthansa Cargo has incorporated the Brazilian city of Natal into its network and will be offering an additional service to and from Vietnam in the summer.

The financial results for the first six months of the year will be announced on 31 July.


Personnel changes at Lufthansa Cargo’s sales division

Krüger-Lorenzen, Naeve and von Boxberg appointed to new positions in the cargo airline effective 1 August 2015

Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of several new managers in its Product & Sales division this summer. Frank Naeve will be responsible for the Area Management Asia/Pacific as Vice President. Naeve is currently in charge of the eCargo programme, a key element of the future strategy Lufthansa Cargo 2020. In the past he already served in various executive positions in Asia, among others as General Manager of the Chinese cargo airline Jade Cargo International.
 
Naeve will succeed Helge Krüger-Lorenzen, who is to become Vice President Capacity Management at Lufthansa Cargo. With a degree in economics, Helge Krueger-Lorenzen has worked for the Lufthansa Group since 1987 and overseen Lufthansa Cargo’s business in Asia/Pacific since September 2010. He was previously in charge of Global Sales Steering. In his new position he will be responsible for Market & Network Planning as well as Revenue Management. Boris Hueske, currently leading Capacity Management on an interim basis will be taking over a new responsibility within Lufthansa Cargo, which will be communicated in due course.
 
The Capacity Management team was newly created this spring as part of the reorganisation of the Product & Sales division. The same applies to Global Sales Management, which will be headed by Dorothea von Boxberg. Von Boxberg has been with the Lufthansa Group since September 2007 and is currently the responsible Director for Customer Experience at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. In addition, she previously served as head of the strategy department among other positions. In her new function she will be Vice President in charge of world-wide pricing and the cargo airline’s sales strategy and steering.
 


Lufthansa Cargo expands South American network

Cargo airline successfully launches new connection to Natal

The Brazilian city of Natal has been a new destination in the Lufthansa Cargo network since 7 June. Lufthansa’s cargo arm now flies to the “City of the Sun” every Sunday. “The destination fits right into the existing route to Frankfurt via Viracopos”, explained Achim Martinka, Vice President The Americas at Lufthansa Cargo.

Located just a few degrees south of the Equator, Natal is on the north-eastern tip of Brazil and boasts ideal fruit-growing conditions. Thanks to the subtropical climate, there is a large selection of fruit on offer, from papayas, melons, bananas and mangoes through to pineapples. On the import side, Lufthansa Cargo’s new freighter service is supporting the region’s growing automotive sector by transporting parts needed from Europe. “The new connection makes our offering to our customers in Brazil even more attractive”, said Achim Martinka.

The new cargo connection under flight number LH8259 and with a load capacity of some 90 tonnes arrives in Natal from the south, linking it with the Brazilian city of Viracopos, near before continuing on to Dakar and then Frankfurt.


“More Logistics and Less CO2” – Lufthansa Cargo’s 4th Environmental Conference in Frankfurt

Even after setting efficiency record Lufthansa Cargo wants to stay number one in climate protection

Lufthansa Cargo’s Fourth Environmental Conference kicked off this Wednesday. Around 150 logistics experts from the fields of industry and science are conferring on environmental strategies in the airfreight industry at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum following this year’s motto “More Logistics and Less CO2”. “At Lufthansa Cargo, we are already halfway to our target of reducing specific carbon emissions by 25 per cent until 2020. And thanks to our modern aircraft, high capacity utilisation, and close cooperation with our customers we are certain that we will make it all the way to our goal”, says Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations of Lufthansa Cargo AG.

“It’s exactly because we have already achieved so much for environmental and climate protection that we want to become even better. Open and even critical debates at today’s conference will have an impact on the whole industry and underline that we take our responsibility seriously”, explains Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management at Lufthansa Cargo.

The focus of the event is on alternative fuels for air traffic as well as the role of customers and consumers for climate-friendly airfreight. Dr Franziska Müller-Langer, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, Prof. Dr Lucia Reisch, renowned Professor of International Consumer Research and Policy, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Dr Ingo Schoenheit, Chief Executive Officer, imug Beratungsgesellschaft für sozial-ökologische Innovationen mbH, and Dr Robert Meisner, Earth Observation Communication Programme Officer, ESA, will share opinions and inspiration.

The event will culminate in the presentation of this year’s Cargo Climate Care Awards. Under the motto “More Ideas for Less Emissions” the awards are designed to honour customers and staff members of the freight airline who have shown an outstanding commitment to environmental protection.


Joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo to cover Europe to Japan as of August

Customers will benefit from an extended, faster network

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA tailsignsMore and faster connections, more capacity, flexibility and time saving: these are the benefits available to European customers of Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo as of 3 August. Both airlines are expanding their joint venture for freight consignments to routes from Europe to Japan. This means that European customers also have access to the shared network of the two airlines made up of over 90 weekly direct flights between Europe and Japan. First customers in Germany, France, United Kingdom and Austria will participate in the partnership. All other European countries will follow step by step. Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo flights currently connect Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, London Heathrow, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Vienna with Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka.

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo started the first freight joint venture of its kind last December and initially focussed on flights from Japan to Europe. Both partners are offering their flights in a shared network on the cooperation routes. Freight is also handled at numerous stations in shared warehouses both in Japan and Europe. “Our customers save valuable time thanks to the large numbers of additional direct connections and rapid transit times. Demand has been consistently high since the partnership began”, reports Peter Gerber, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “By the end of April, more than 800 additional consignments had been carried with a total volume of around 940 tonnes.”

“The cooperation has paid off even within the first few months”, explains Akira Okada, CEO of ANA Cargo. “Starting to send consignments from Europe to Japan is an important milestone to provide an attractive service to an extended circle of customers.”


New services to Ashgabat successfully started

Turkmen capital added to Lufthansa Cargo route network

Boeing 777F engine close-up

Lufthansa Cargo is very pleased about the positive development of its new route to Ashgabat (ASB). The Turkmen capital was recently added to Lufthansa Cargos freighter network. Since 29 March a Boeing B-777F operated by AeroLogic, a joint-venture of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, is serving ASB every Sunday. 

“This direct connection between Germany and Turkmenistan underlines the close business ties between the two countries. We meanwhile see a largely growing portfolio of customers and origins worldwide and are very pleased about the development during the first ten weeks of operation. The capacity is mainly used for products in the healthcare, oil and gas as well as perishable and live animal sector”, said Christian Becker, Regional Director Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States at Lufthansa Cargo.

The new freighter service with flight number LH 8082 was inaugurated with the start of the summer flight schedule, connecting Frankfurt, Ashgabat and Hong Kong with a loading capacity of over 100 tons.


Lufthansa Cargo is deemed best cargo airline of 2014 in Italy

The cargo subsidiary is honoured with three awards in Milan


 

Lufthansa Cargo was awarded the highest accolade as best cargo airline of 2014 in Italy by the Italian air forwarders association (ANAMA). The "Quality Award for Overall Performance" honours the airline's commitment to air freight in Italy. Last week in Milan, the Frankfurt based cargo subsidiary was awarded first place in both the "Innovation" and "Safety & Security" categories, and the team led by Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy & Malta at Lufthansa Cargo, took second place in the "Customer Service" category.
Marina Marzani, President of ANAMA, emphasised the inspiration behind the award: "Lufthansa Cargo definitely earned the best freight airline award. The airline particularly impressed us due to the professionalism of the Customer Service Team, the commitment and support provided to Italy's air cargo industry, the high level of expertise in all areas of air cargo and the fantastic work carried out in the current tough market conditions."
Quite a special moment for Thomas Egenolf, as this was the first time that this coveted award has been given to Lufthansa Cargo in Italy: "For years, we have dedicated ourselves to being the best cargo airline in the country and this time we are actually taking the prize home. We are happy and proud that our work has been honoured in this way. We want to continue to improve and be the most reliable partner for our customers."
The Italian air forwarders association ANAMA awards the "Quality Awards" to its industry partners each year. General sales agents, handling agents and airlines are honoured in a gala. For the airlines, prizes are awarded to accredit the companies' dedication in different categories. In addition, eminent persons of the industry are honoured and the coveted "Quality Award for Overall Performance" is given out by the association.

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Lufthansa Cargo und Werkstätten für Behinderte feiern 30jährige Zusammenarbeit

Partnerschaft sichert Arbeitsplätze für rund 100 Menschen mit Behinderung


 

Auf den Flügen von Lufthansa und Lufthansa Cargo sind die leuchtend gelben Spanngurte, die täglich zu hunderten die Produktionsstätten der Werkstätten für Behinderte Rhein-Main e.V. verlassen, unverzichtbar. Mit den Ladehilfsmitteln aus den Werksstandorten Mörfelden-Walldorf, Rüsselsheim und Biebesheim werden die rund 1,8 Millionen Tonnen Luftfracht, die die Kranichtochter im Jahr befördert, zuverlässig gesichert.

Seit mittlerweile 30 Jahren bezieht Lufthansa Cargo neben anderen Produkten auch jährlich mehr als 200.000 Spanngurte ausschließlich von den Werkstätten für Behinderte. Der Verein bietet derzeit rund 400 Menschen mit Behinderung in der Rhein-Main Region berufliche Qualifizierung und einen sichereren Arbeitsplatz. Diese besondere und intensive Partnerschaft mit Lufthansa Cargo feierten die Mitarbeiter des Vereins und des Unternehmens heute bei einem gemeinsamen Fest in Mörfelden.

„Die Werkstätten für Behinderte Rhein-Main sind für Lufthansa Cargo weit mehr als ein Lieferant, der sich durch höchste Produktqualität auszeichnet“, sagte Peter Gerber, Vorstand Finanzen und Personal der Frachtairline. „In den vergangenen drei Jahrzehnten hat sich eine echte Partnerschaft und Freundschaft zwischen den Mitarbeitern in den Werkstätten und den Cargo Lufthanseaten entwickelt.“

Für Ernst Brands, Geschäftsführer der Werkstätten für Behinderte Rhein-Main, ist die Zusammenarbeit mit Lufthansa Cargo ein wesentlicher Eckpfeiler für den Erfolg des Vereins: „Allein in Mörfelden-Walldorf sind rund 100 Menschen mit Behinderung ausschließlich für Lufthansa Cargo tätig. Die Fluggesellschaft ist damit unser größter und wirtschaftlich wichtigster Kunde.“ Brands betonte den nachhaltigen Charakter, den die Kooperation habe: „Auch in wirtschaftlich schwierigen Zeiten ist Lufthansa Cargo immer ein verlässlicher Partner und Kunde geblieben. Die Identifikation aller unserer Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter mit dem Unternehmen ist daher ausgesprochen hoch. Hierzu haben auch die Besuche bei Lufthansa Cargo am Frankfurter Flughafen beigetragen.“

Peter Gerber betonte, die gute Zusammenarbeit auch in den kommenden Jahren in bewährter Form fortzuführen zu wollen: „Mit steigender Frachtmenge wächst auch die Nachfrage nach den Produkten der Werkstätten für Behinderte. Die Partnerschaft wird weiterhin ein wichtiger Bestandteil unseres gesellschaftlichen Engagements sein.“



Expeditors wins Lufthansa Cargo's "Planet Award of Excellence" again

Cargo airline honours US logistics group for outstanding cooperation


 

Repeat success for Expeditors at the Global Partner Council, the annual top-level meeting of the biggest customers and top management of Lufthansa Cargo, the leading freight airline in Europe. For the first time since 2007, the "Planet Award of Excellence" has gone to the same company two years running. As last year, the prize went to US logistics service provider Expeditors. That time, Lufthansa Cargo was honouring Expeditors' consistently outstanding performance in terms of global cooperation and confirming the company's exceptional position in the global logistics industry. The company successfully defended its title by further developing cooperation and considerably increasing air freight tonnage, among other things. At the same time, Expeditors managed to impress by the intense cooperation on the transport of temperature-sensitive goods and exemplary global commitment to digitalising processes.
"Expeditors has been part of Lufthansa Cargo's Global Partnership Programme since 2007 and cooperation is more successful than ever", explained Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Products & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo. "Both companies share the philosophy of consistently coordinating processes with one another and thus optimising business relationships. This improves quality, increases the benefit of digital processes and makes Expeditors and Lufthansa Cargo a really successful team."
José Ubeda, Senior Vice President Air Cargo, accepted the award on behalf of Expeditors. "We are very proud to win the Planet Award of Excellence for the second time in a row. To receive this award from one of the leading airlines in the world is both recognition and motivation for us."
The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for the sustainable growth of Lufthansa Cargo and its most important customers. Apart from Expeditors, the eleven Global Partners include Agility, CEVA, DACHSER, DB Schenker, DHL Global Forwarding, Hellmann, Kühne+Nagel, Panalpina, UPS and UTi. Together, they account for around half of Lufthansa Cargo’s sales.

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Lufthansa Cargo im Austausch mit dem hessischen Ministerpräsidenten

Mitarbeitervertreter und Vorstand von Lufthansa Cargo im Austausch mit dem hessischen Ministerpräsidenten Volker Bouffier

 

 

Betriebsratsvorsitzender Ralf Müller: „Ohne Nachtflüge in Frankfurt haben die Mitarbeiter Angst um ihre Arbeitsplätze“. 
Der hessische Ministerpräsident Volker Bouffier und der hessische Minister für Bundesangelegenheiten Michael Boddenberg haben sich mit den Arbeitnehmervertretern sowie dem Vorstandsvorsitzenden der Lufthansa Cargo, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, über die Folgen eines Nachtflugverbotes am Frankfurter Flughafen ausgetauscht. Dabei erklärten die Unternehmensvertreter vor allem die Ängste der Lufthansa Cargo und ihrer Mitarbeiter bei einem strikten Nachtflugverbot.

Im Rahmen des Gesprächs mit dem Ministerpräsidenten machte der Betriebsrat der Lufthansa Cargo noch einmal auf die Konsequenzen eines absoluten Nachtflugverbots am Flughafen Frankfurt aufmerksam. „Die Lufthansa Cargo braucht den Mix zwischen Frachtern und den Frachtkapazitäten an Bord der Passagiermaschinen. Ohne diesen Mix hat unser Geschäftsmodell in Frankfurt keine Zukunft. Unsere Mitarbeiter haben Angst um ihre Arbeitsplätze“, so der Vorsitzende des Betriebsrates, Ralf Müller.

Die Mitglieder des Betriebsrates des Bodenpersonals, die Personalvertretung des Fliegenden Personals sowie der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Lufthansa Cargo betonten gegenüber Bouffier und Boddenberg erneut, dass der Flughafen Hahn keine Alternative für nächtliche Frachtflüge biete: Zu groß sei der Zeitverlust, wenn die Fracht mit LKW zwischen Frankfurt und dem Flughafen Hahn befördert werden müsste. Die ökonomischen und ökologischen Auswirkungen seien angesichts zehntausender zusätzlicher LKW-Fahrten nicht zu verantworten, so Personalvertreter und Management von Deutschlands größter Frachtairline.

In dem Gespräch mit den Landespolitikern unterstrichen die Cargo-Lufthanseaten, dass für eine globalisierte Produktion eine Just in Time Belieferung, auch in der Nacht, unverzichtbar sei. Entscheidend sei bei vielen Transporten der so genannte Nachtsprung, bei dem die Zeitverschiebung ausgenutzt wird. Eine Sendung von Europa in die USA kann so über Nacht befördert werden und steht dem Empfänger am frühen Morgen des nächsten Arbeitstages zur Verfügung.

Arbeitnehmervertreter und Vorstand betonten die Bedeutung des Frankfurter Flughafens als eines der wichtigsten Luftfrachtdrehkreuze der Welt. „Ein Nachtflugverbot würde den Standort Rhein-Main erheblich schwächen. Es ist zu erwarten, dass viele Produktions- und Logistikunternehmen ihre Aktivitäten ins europäische Ausland verlagern“, sagte Lufthansa Cargos Vorstandsvorsitzender Garnadt. Die Auswirkungen für die Beschäftigten wären immens. Gerade in der Luftfrachtindustrie und auch bei Lufthansa Cargo arbeiteten viele Menschen, deren Ausbildung es ihnen nicht erlaube, ohne Weiteres einen neuen Arbeitsplatz in einer anderen Branche zu finden.

Abschließend machten alle Beteiligten deutlich, dass es gelingen müsse, eine für alle Beteiligten vertretbare Lösung zu finden. Dabei gelte es die Lärmbelastung weiter zu reduzieren und so den Interessen der vom Lärm betroffenen Bürgerinnen und Bürger Rechnung zu tragen.

 



Quick Cargo Service gewinnt Quality Award von Lufthansa Cargo

Speditionen und Fluggesellschaft steigern Qualität erneut

Mit knappem Vorsprung hat die QCS-Quick Cargo Service GmbH den Qualitätspreis der Lufthansa Cargo im Jahr 2011 gewonnen. Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Tagung des Deutschen Speditions- und Logistikverbandes (DSLV) in Frankfurt übergab J. Florian Pfaff, Leiter Area Management Deutschland von Lufthansa Cargo, den Preis an die Spedition aus Mörfelden-Walldorf. Im engen Wettbewerb mit anderen Speditionen überzeugte QCS durch die höchste Anlieferqualität. Berücksichtigt bei der Vergabe des Quality Awards wurden Qualitätsparameter wie die Einhaltung von Lieferumfängen, die Pünktlichkeit und die Handlingqualität.

Stephan Haltmayer, Geschäftsführer QCS-Quick Cargo Service, zeigte sich erfreut über den Award: „Dieser Qualitätspreis ist eine Auszeichnung für jede Mitarbeiterin und jeden Mitarbeiter von QCS. Gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern engagieren wir uns täglich für höchste Qualität. Diese Auszeichnung zeigt uns, dass wir auf dem richtigen Weg sind und motiviert uns, weiterhin hart an dieser Entwicklung zu arbeiten und unsere Ziele konsequent weiterzuverfolgen.“

Bei seiner ersten DSLV-Tagung als Leiter des Area Managements Deutschland hob J. Florian Pfaff vor mehr als 140 Spediteuren besonders das knappe Ergebnis des Quality-Awards 2011 hervor: „Noch nie war der Wettbewerb so eng. Das zeigt uns, dass die Qualitätsinitiative Früchte trägt, und nicht nur bei Lufthansa Cargo das Thema Qualität höchste Priorität hat."

Die drei ersten Unternehmen beim Quality-Award 2011 lagen nur um 0,2 Prozentpunkte auseinander. Den zweiten Rang in der Jahreswertung belegte die Spedition Interfracht Air Service GmbH vor dem letztjährigen Sieger Streck Logistik GmbH. Im Rahmen der DSLV-Tagung 2012 wurden auch die Preise in zwei weiteren Kategorien vergeben. Im Bereich Spedition mit „mehr als 10.000 AWBs“ belegte Dachser Air & Sea Logistics erneut den Spitzenplatz. In der Kategorie „Beste Entwicklung“  konnte sich Kühne + Nagel gegen die anderen Unternehmen durchsetzen.

Lufthansa Cargo AG
Mit einem Transportvolumen von rund 1,9 Mio. Tonnen Fracht- und Postsendungen sowie 9,5 Mrd. verkauften Frachttonnenkilometern im Jahr 2011 ist Lufthansa Cargo eines der weltweit führenden Unternehmen im Transport von Luftfracht. Das Unternehmen beschäftigt derzeit rund 4500 Mitarbeiter weltweit. Der Schwerpunkt von Lufthansa Cargo liegt im Airport-Airport-Geschäft. Das Streckennetz umfasst rund 300 Zielorte in über 100 Ländern, wobei sowohl Frachtflugzeuge als auch die Frachtkapazitäten der Lufthansa und Austrian Airlines Passagiermaschinen sowie LKW genutzt werden. Der Großteil des Cargo-Geschäftes wird über den Flughafen Frankfurt umgeschlagen. Lufthansa Cargo ist ein 100%iges Tochterunternehmen der Deutschen Lufthansa AG.

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Lufthansa Cargo landet leiser in Frankfurt

Neues Anflugverfahren verspricht Entlastung für weite Teile des Rhein-Main Gebietes

 

Lufthansa Cargo testet ab sofort neue Nacht-Anflugverfahren für den Frankfurter Flughafen. Der sogenannte „Segmented Approach“ („geknickter Anflug“) ist Teil des Maßnahmenpakets zum aktiven Schallschutz am Frankfurter Flughafen. Ziel ist, das Potenzial der Lärmminderungen zu ermitteln und operationelle Erfahrungen mit dem neuen Verfahren zu sammeln.

Bislang wird der geradlinige Endanflug rund 19 Kilometer vor dem Flughafen begonnen. Beim Segmented Approach wird erst bei einer Entfernung von rund neun Kilometern in einer Flughöhe von 2000 Fuß (rund 600 Meter) Richtung Landebahn eingedreht. Davor ist mit Unterstützung des Satellitenpositionssystems GPS ein anderer Flugweg möglich, der den Flug über dichtbesiedelte Gebiete vermeidet.

Mit diesem neuen Verfahren, das gemeinsam mit der Deutschen Flugsicherung (DFS) entwickelt wurde, werden Hanau und Offenbach bei westlicher Betriebsrichtung und die südlichen Stadtteile von Mainz bei östlicher Betriebsrichtung entlastet.

Die neuen Anflüge werden ab sofort in der Zeit von 23:00 bis 5:00 Uhr erprobt. Die Nacht ist eine der wesentlichen Verkehrszeiten von Lufthansa Cargo am Frankfurter Flughafen. Der Flugbetrieb der Frachtairline wird die Navigationssysteme ihrer MD-11-Frachtflugzeuge entsprechend programmieren und alle Piloten mit den notwendigen Karten ausstatten.

„Wir sind uns unserer hohen Verantwortung gegenüber den Anwohnern in der Rhein-Main Region bewusst“, betonte Karl-Heinz Köpfle, Vorstand Operations von Lufthansa Cargo. „Durch das neue Anflugverfahren Segmented Approach wollen wir die Beeinträchtigungen durch den Fluglärm weiter reduzieren. Es ist für uns deshalb eine Selbstverständlichkeit, das Verfahren so früh wie möglich zu testen, um gerade in der Nacht für weitere Entlastungen zu sorgen.“

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Michael Göntgens
Lufthansa Cargo AG
Unternehmenskommunikation
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Lufthansa Cargo: Verlagerung von Frachtflügen auf den Flughafen Hahn weiterhin undenkbar

Verlegung der Frachterflotte wäre ökologisch und ökonomisch absurd /Nachtflüge bleiben notwendig

 

Lufthansa Cargo hat die Darstellungen des Kasseler Logistikprofessors Richard Vahrenkamp deutlich zurückgewiesen. Dieser hatte gestern im Auftrag der Frankfurter Fluglärmkommission eine Analyse zu den Auswirkungen des Nachtflugverbotes vorgestellt und erklärt, eine Verlagerung der nächtlichen Frachtflüge auf den Flughafen Hahn sei für Lufthansa Cargo ohne größere Probleme darstellbar.

„Die vorgestellte Analyse zeigt die erschreckende Unkenntnis eines so genannten Experten. Die Behauptungen von Professor Vahrenkamp ignorieren alle Faktoren, die Lufthansa Cargo zur erfolgreichsten Frachtairline der Welt gemacht haben“, betonte Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Vorstandsvorsitzender von Lufthansa Cargo. „Die enge Verzahnung der Passage- und Frachtflugzeuge am Frankfurter Flughafen ist unverzichtbare Grundlage für die Leistungs-, Wettbewerbs- und Zukunftsfähigkeit unseres Unternehmens.“ Keinesfalls sei es so, dass bei Lufthansa Cargo nachts keine eilbedürftige Express-Fracht umgeschlagen werde. Vielmehr stünden Express-Sendungen wie dringend benötigte Ersatzteile, Impfstoffe oder Medizintechnik für einen bedeutenden Teil des Geschäfts von Lufthansa Cargo.

Auch die Behauptung, dass bei Transitfracht Umladezeiten von 24 Stunden die Regel wären, sei auf die größte deutsche Frachtfluggesellschaft bezogen schlichtweg falsch. „Luftfracht ist teuer und deshalb wird per Luftfracht nur befördert, was aus Termingründen wirklich fliegen muss. Unser Expressprodukt hat in Frankfurt Umladezeiten von bis zu 180 Minuten, die Anlieferung der Kunden für Abflüge aus Frankfurt kann bis zu 90 Minuten vor dem Start erfolgen“, so Garnadt.

Der Lufthansa Cargo-Chef unterstrich, dass Vahrenkamp für seine Analyse nicht ein einziges Mal mit der Frachtairline gesprochen habe. „Analysen zu Auswirkungen des Nachtflugverbotes zu veröffentlichen, ohne vorher Kontakt zu betroffenen Unternehmen zu suchen, ist wissenschaftlich höchst unseriös. Es ist erschreckend, dass die vorgestellte Analyse das Geschäftsmodell der mit Abstand größten Frachtairline am Standort Frankfurt vollkommen außen vor lässt.“

Garnadt weiter: „Offensichtlich wurde versucht, ein Unternehmen öffentlich zu diskreditieren und die Kritik an der Luftverkehrsbranche insgesamt zu schüren. Unsere Industrie mit ihrer Volatilität, mit immensem Wettbewerbsdruck und fast wöchentlich neuen Herausforderungen ist weit davon entfernt, es sich an einem Standort bequem zu machen. Nur durch Flexibilität, Innovationskraft und Engagement ist es Lufthansa Cargo gelungen, zu einem wichtigen Wirtschaftsfaktor und zum Jobmotor in der Rhein-Main-Region zu werden.“

Karl Ulrich Garnadt verwies darauf, dass Lufthansa Cargo in der Vergangenheit bereits mehrfach den Bedarf für Nachtflüge in Frankfurt belegt habe. „Zahlreiche Gutachten, die von anerkannten Logistikwissenschaftlern stammen, haben die Notwendigkeit für eine begrenzte Anzahl von Flügen umfassend belegt.“ Luftfracht sei per se ein Transportmittel für eilige Güter und speziell für Flüge in die USA seien Abflüge in der Nacht häufig zwingend notwendig. Nur so könne durch den Nachtsprung die Auslieferung am gleichen Kalendertag erreicht werden. Böte Frankfurt diesen Nachtsprung nicht an, würden Kunden auf andere Flughäfen wie Paris oder Amsterdam ausweichen. Diese Abwanderung sei bereits im ersten Monat mit einem Nachtflugverbot deutlich spürbar gewesen.

Eine Verlagerung der nächtlichen Frachtflüge zum Flughafen Hahn schließt das Unternehmen weiter aus. „Nur in Frankfurt gibt es die benötigte Vernetzung von Passagier- und Frachtflugzeugen, die ein Kernelement unseres Geschäftsmodells ist“, unterstrich Garnadt. Lufthansa Cargo befördert rund die Hälfte der Fracht an Bord der Passagierflugzeuge von Lufthansa und Austrian Airlines. Mehr als die Hälfte der Fracht, die nach Frankfurt geflogen wird, ist Transitfracht und geht anschließend auf weitere Flüge an ihren Bestimmungsort. „Eine räumliche Trennung unserer Passagier- und Frachtflüge ist ökologisch wie ökonomisch absurd und weltfremd“, stellte Garnadt klar. Allein die Straßen würden durch eine Verlagerung der Lufthansa Cargo-Frachtflugzeuge mit rund 50.000 LKW-Fahrten zwischen Frankfurt und dem Flughafen Hahn durch zusätzlichen Lärm und Emissionen belastet. „Eine solche Lösung kann niemand ernsthaft in Betracht ziehen, erst recht kein Logistiker.“

Garnadt weiter: „Ein Logistikexperte, der noch vor kurzem den Bau eines  Gemeinschaftsflughafens Kassel/Marburg vorgeschlagen hat – und öffentlich den Neubau eines zweiten Großflughafens „Frankfurt 2“ in der Wetterau oder in Rheinland-Pfalz forderte, muss damit rechnen, dass an seiner fachlichen Kompetenz und seiner Glaubwürdigkeit Zweifel bestehen.“  

Lufthansa Cargo hatte in dieser Woche die negativen wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen durch ein absolutes Nachtflugverbot erneut bekräftigt. Jährlich wäre ein wirtschaftlicher Schaden im signifikanten zweistelligen Millionenbereich zu erwarten. „Dies fehlt dann für Investitionen in die Erneuerung unserer Flotte und die Infrastruktur hier am Standort Frankfurt. Das gefährdet nicht nur die Zukunftsperspektiven für Lufthansa Cargo und die mehr als 2500 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter in Deutschland, sondern auch für den Logistikstandort Rhein-Main insgesamt“, so Karl Ulrich Garnadt. Die Sorge in der Belegschaft wachse, so der Vorstandschef. „Wir haben aber eine Verantwortung für unser Unternehmen und vor allem für unsere Mitarbeiter, die hier einen sicheren Arbeitsplatz mit Perspektiven und in den meisten Fällen auch ihren Wohnort haben. Dafür werden wir uns auch weiterhin mit aller Kraft einsetzen.“

Garnadt lud Vahrenkamp zudem ein, die Abläufe im größten Luftfrachtzentrum Deutschlands vor Ort kennen zu lernen. „Im Lufthansa Cargo Center schlägt das Herz der deutschen Luftfrachtindustrie. Wir sind nach wie vor offen für eine konstruktive Diskussion und überzeugt, dass ein Besuch vor Ort für Professor Vahrenkamp zu neuen Erkenntnissen führen wird.“

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Lufthansa Cargo is the "Best European Cargo Airline"

Freight company receives sought-after award based on global customer survey


 

Lufthansa Cargo was once again right out in front when it came to the "Cargo Airline of the Year Awards": the Frankfurt-based air freight company came top in the "Best European Cargo Airline" category. The prestigious prize has been awarded by the British Air Cargo Media Group for more than 30 years and awarded to Lufthansa Cargo on several occasions. It confirms that the global customers from the logistics industry who responded to the survey value the largest freight airline in Germany. The evaluation criteria include quality, innovation, efficiency, speed, reliability and company vision.

 

Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy, Malta, UK & Ireland at Lufthansa Cargo, was proud to accept the award at the ceremony held in London on 25 April. "We are delighted with this award, especially against the backdrop of the strong global competition. Being nominated for the title of 'Cargo Airline of the Year' is also a real honour", said Egenolf. "Of course, we won't rest on our laurels after the award, instead we will take it as an opportunity to improve still further in the fields of customer service, products, network and quality and keep on convincing our customers."

 

For Carsten Wirths, Vice President Europe & Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, the company's close relationship with its customers in the logistics industry is one of the reasons for the award. "With more than 100 stations throughout Europe, we have the most attractive network of connections in and out of all the relevant air cargo markets and our home hub in Frankfurt is right in the centre of the action. Thanks to our intensive customer support and individual customer solutions, we can always help companies in all industries ensure that the freight they urgently need reaches its destination safely, on time and on schedule."

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Lufthansa delays the construction of the new cargo centre

"Lufthansa Cargo 2020" programme for the future is full steam ahead


 

Lufthansa will be delaying the planned investment by Lufthansa Cargo in the new cargo centre (“LCCneo”) at Frankfurter Airport by at least two years. The supervisory board of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG was informed of this decision by the executive board of the Lufthansa Group at yesterday’s meeting.

“Air cargo is a core business for us and Lufthansa Cargo is an important and successful factor of differentiation of our group”, says Harry Hohmeister, a member of the executive board of  the Deutsche Lufthansa AG and chairman of the supervisory board of Lufthansa Cargo AG. “Nevertheless, we have decided to postpone this investment by at least two years. We can see that, after necessary enhancing measures with the existing infrastructure, Lufthansa Cargo can continue to work successfully for a few years whilst we can enhance the sound financial profile of the Lufthansa Group with our Investment Grade Rating by postponing the ‘LCCneo’.“

The necessity of a modern cargo infrastructure in Frankfurt was expressly confirmed by the Lufthansa Group executive board and the supervisory board. The new construction of a cargo centre for Lufthansa Cargo will still be regarded as a sensible and profitable investment; the implementation however is to be decided in two years at the earliest.

“The ‘LCCneo’ is a significant building block of our ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ strategy for the future,” says Peter Gerber, chairman of the Lufthansa Cargo AG executive board. “The programme will still be implemented at full steam.” Five modern Boeing 777 freighters already fly for Lufthansa Cargo, the modernisation of the IT landscape in handling will be completed this year and a close cooperation with the Japanese ANA Cargo has been entered into on routes between Japan and Europe. In addition, within the scope of the strategy programme, Lufthansa Cargo is pushing further the digitalisation of all processes and is boosting the air cargo location of Frankfurt together with other representatives of the logistics industry.

“Even if we would have liked to realise the new construction as early as possible, we will still be able to continue our successful course even with this decision”, according to Peter Gerber.

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Cargo airline remains on course with its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” programme


 

Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of EUR 100m last year. This represents a significant increase for the cargo airline when compared with the previous year (EUR 79m*). Speaking in Frankfurt, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber presented a result for the year that stood out from the competition and was achieved in a challenging market environment. The airline is continuing to systematically implement its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme. Lufthansa Cargo expects increase profits further in the current year.

Although global demand for air freight increased slightly in 2014, traffic at Lufthansa Cargo declined initially and did not fully meet expectations dating from the beginning of the year. However, good business around Christmas contributed to improved demand towards the end of the year.

Peter Gerber, who has been Lufthansa Cargo’s CEO since 1 May 2014, emphasised the following: “We achieved a good result in challenging conditions. A strong focus on top quality, high-performance products and flexible capacity management played a key role in this, along with Lufthansa Cargo’s strength in sales.”

Looking to the future, the CEO of Europe’s leading cargo airline added that “air freight is and will continue to be a growth market”. Despite growth rates being slightly lower than in the past, he was confident that air freight will always be the only viable transport option for certain goods. Major exporting regions like Germany are an excellent long-term basis for the air freight sector.

“Frankfurt is the epicentre of Europe’s industrial sector. Geographically, it’s much better positioned than London or Paris. The metropolis is the main European hub for our customers, the major international freight forwarders. They have their main consolidation centres here. It’s an ideal location for us to continue investing,” emphasised Gerber. Lufthansa Cargo wants to act on the opportunities provided by its location and expand on its market position in Europe.

“Our ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ programme is our response to the strategic challenges of the future,” explained the airline’s CEO. Lufthansa Cargo has set up nine ambitious projects to be equipped for the future. “The fifth fuel-efficient Boeing 777F aircraft joined our fleet in spring 2015. The Triple Seven is the best aircraft in its class, with low fuel consumption, outstanding range and superb reliability,” is how Gerber explained the advantages of the aircraft’s design. 

The cargo airline is also in the process of implementing a modern IT system for freight handling which is based on a well-proven industry solution. The roll-out is scheduled for completion by this autumn.

The strategic eCargo project, which involves the digitalisation of all of the company’s main processes, is also picking up pace. “We are optimising processes and improving how data is exchanged. This will enable us to improve our quality and speed even further,” explained Gerber. Preparations for the new construction the air freight terminal at Frankfurt continue. The “Air Cargo Community Frankfurt” was established with other partners at Frankfurt Airport to promote industry-wide issues and make the location more attractive as an air freight hub. Gerber highlighted the partnership with Japanese airline ANA Cargo: “The joint venture is a real advantage for our customers. They can already benefit from more flights and a denser network on routes from Japan to Europe.” The joint venture partners intend to include eastbound connections this summer. Additionally, the cargo airline plans to enter into another partnership later this year.

Dr Martin Schmitt, Board Member Finance and Human Resources, highlighted the importance of successful cost management for the ambitious programme. “We are making ambitious investments in our future – to do this, we require a solid long-term earnings base.” The SCORE profit improvement programme was a major factor behind the airline reviewing its earnings situation last year. The SCORE programme contributed EUR 116m of earnings in total. “We will continue to work hard on our cost structure and find ways to increase revenue,” said Schmitt, making it clear how Lufthansa Cargo intends to improve earnings and return over the coming years. Lufthansa Cargo therefore expects profits to increase once more in 2015. Profit for the year should be up slightly on 2014 in an environment with solid growth rates.

 

The 2014 financial year in figures*:

Lufthansa Cargo   2014 2013* Veränderungen in %
Total revenue in €m 2,435.3 2,443.3 -0.3
Operating result in €m 100.3 79.3 26.6
Operating margin in % 4.1 3.2 0.9P.
Employees as of 31.12. Number 4,663 4,659 0.1
Freight and mail in thousand t 1,669 1,715 -2.7
Available cargo tonne-kilometres in millions 12,354 12,490 -1.1
Revenue cargo tonne-kilometres in millions 8,612 8,731 -1.4
Cargo load factor in % 69.9 69.6 -0.2P.

* Last year’s figures adjusted due to the first application of IFRS 11.



Streck Transport gewinnt Quality Award von Lufthansa Cargo

Speditionen und Fluggesellschaft erhöhen gemeinsam Qualität

 

Die Spedition Streck Transport ist der Sieger des von Lufthansa Cargo vergebenen Quality Awards. Jürgen Siebenrock, Leiter des Area Management Deutschlands der Frachtairline, verlieh die Auszeichnung vergangene Woche in Frankfurt. Der mittelständische Transport- und Logistikdienstleister Streck Transport überzeugte im Jahr 2010 durch die insgesamt höchste Anlieferqualität aller am Wettbewerb teilnehmenden Speditionen. Berücksichtigt wurden Qualitätsparameter wie etwa die Einhaltung von Lieferumfängen, Pünktlichkeit oder Sorgfalt im Handling. Den zweiten Rang in der Jahreswertung belegte EMO Trans gefolgt von Dachser.

Jürgen Siebenrock betonte den Erfolg des im vergangenen Jahr erstmals ausgerufenen Qualitätspreises: „Höchste Qualität kann nur im Zusammenspiel zwischen Spedition und Airline erreicht werden. Alle Beteiligten der Transportkette haben von den gemeinsamen Anstrengungen profitiert. Auch in diesem Jahr wollen wir die Qualität zusammen weiter steigern und den Quality Award für das Jahr 2011 erneut ausschreiben.“

Alex Witzigmann, Leiter Luftfracht von Streck Transport Freiburg, der die Auszeichnung entgegen nahm, freute sich über den Gesamtsieg. „Der Preis ist die Anerkennung für unsere stetigen Bemühungen, die Qualität auf höchstem Niveau zu halten. Der Ansatz des Quality Awards ist genau der richtige: Nur wenn alle Prozessbeteiligten Hand in Hand arbeiten, können wir unseren Kunden die beste Leistung bieten.“

Neben der Gesamtwertung des Quality Awards wurden in dieser Woche auch die Gewinner in zwei weiteren Kategorien sowie die Sieger für das vierte Quartal 2010 ausgezeichnet. In der Kategorie der Großspeditionen mit mehr als 10.000 Luftfrachtbriefen pro Jahr belegte der Logistikdienstleister Dachser den Spitzenplatz. In der Kategorie „Best Development“ wurde Agility Logistics für die höchste Qualitätsverbesserung im Laufe des Jahres 2010 ausgezeichnet.

Die vorderen Plätze in der Wertung des vierten Quartals machten die drei Unternehmen unter sich aus, die auch in der Jahreswertung vorne lagen. EMO Trans behauptete sich im Zeitraum Oktober bis Dezember dabei mit knappen Vorsprung vor Streck Transport und Dachser.

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Lufthansa Cargo lands with Boeing 777F in Asia for the first time

Indian metropolis of Mumbai welcomes Lufthansa Cargo flagship


 

A good seven weeks after the maiden flight of Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F, the freight airline’s new flagship landed in Asia for the first time. The “Triple Seven� safely reached its destination in the Indian metropolis of Mumbai on Thursday at 03:08 am local time following a seven hour flight. On board the freighter were almost 90 tonnes of cargo.

 

The Boeing 777F is currently being used in scheduled operations between Europe and North America mainly. However, in between this, the aircraft are also being regularly flown to other destinations as the new pilots for this type have to complete many hours of flight training before being licensed to fly them in Lufthansa Cargo scheduled operations.

 

Two of the total of five ordered Boeing 777 freighters are already in use at Lufthansa Cargo. The maiden flight was on 19 November to New York and Atlanta. The new aircraft is quieter, has lower emissions and is more economical than any other freighter in its class. With a full payload of 103 tonnes, it is able to remain in the air for ten and a half hours. This means that it can fly non-stop for more than 9,000 kilometres, enabling Lufthansa Cargo to fly direct and fully loaded from Frankfurt to Shanghai, for example. The Chinese metropolis shall be served with a daily “Triple Seven� flight from March onwar



Lufthansa Cargo greets India with “Namaste”

MD-11 freighter becomes flying ambassador


 

An MD-11 freighter in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will in future keep the name “Namaste India” (Greeting to India) on flights in the carrier’s global network. The aircraft with the registration D-ALCJ was named by Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Products & Sales of Lufthansa Cargo, and His Excellency Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Honourable Union Minister of Civil Aviation, during a ceremony at Indira Gandhi International Airport. In keeping with Indian tradition, a coconut was broken for the plane to be sprinkled with India’s typical beverage.

The freighter was named “Namaste India”, symbolising the significance of India as one of the most important markets for global air freight services. Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech states: “The ‘Namaste India’ greeting also illustrates the special bond between Lufthansa Cargo and India. We are proud to be the leading European cargo carrier from India to Europe.”

Lufthansa Cargo has had long-standing connections with customers in the Indian air cargo industry since 1959 and grew further with the first freighter operations in the 1970s. Lufthansa Cargo is today offering 59 weekly flights between India and Europe including the services of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

"Namaste India" is the eighth Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be renamed in the last few months. The names of the aircraft are based on the winning idea of an open creative competition organised by Lufthansa Cargo to rename their entire fleet in 2013. More than 40,000 potential aeroplane names were received by Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, and the jury decided on the idea of "Say hello around the world". All the freight aircraft names in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet are now being changed to greetings in around 20 languages.



Improved profits for Lufthansa Cargo

Cargo airline remains on course with its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” programme


 

Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of EUR 100m last year. This represents a significant increase for the cargo airline when compared with the previous year (EUR 79m*). Speaking in Frankfurt, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber presented a result for the year that stood out from the competition and was achieved in a challenging market environment. The airline is continuing to systematically implement its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme. Lufthansa Cargo expects increase profits further in the current year.

Although global demand for air freight increased slightly in 2014, traffic at Lufthansa Cargo declined initially and did not fully meet expectations dating from the beginning of the year. However, good business around Christmas contributed to improved demand towards the end of the year.

Peter Gerber, who has been Lufthansa Cargo’s CEO since 1 May 2014, emphasised the following: “We achieved a good result in challenging conditions. A strong focus on top quality, high-performance products and flexible capacity management played a key role in this, along with Lufthansa Cargo’s strength in sales.”

Looking to the future, the CEO of Europe’s leading cargo airline added that “air freight is and will continue to be a growth market”. Despite growth rates being slightly lower than in the past, he was confident that air freight will always be the only viable transport option for certain goods. Major exporting regions like Germany are an excellent long-term basis for the air freight sector.

“Frankfurt is the epicentre of Europe’s industrial sector. Geographically, it’s much better positioned than London or Paris. The metropolis is the main European hub for our customers, the major international freight forwarders. They have their main consolidation centres here. It’s an ideal location for us to continue investing,” emphasised Gerber. Lufthansa Cargo wants to act on the opportunities provided by its location and expand on its market position in Europe.

“Our ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ programme is our response to the strategic challenges of the future,” explained the airline’s CEO. Lufthansa Cargo has set up nine ambitious projects to be equipped for the future. “The fifth fuel-efficient Boeing 777F aircraft joined our fleet in spring 2015. The Triple Seven is the best aircraft in its class, with low fuel consumption, outstanding range and superb reliability,” is how Gerber explained the advantages of the aircraft’s design.

The cargo airline is also in the process of implementing a modern IT system for freight handling which is based on a well-proven industry solution. The roll-out is scheduled for completion by this autumn.

The strategic eCargo project, which involves the digitalisation of all of the company’s main processes, is also picking up pace. “We are optimising processes and improving how data is exchanged. This will enable us to improve our quality and speed even further,” explained Gerber. Preparations for the new construction the air freight terminal at Frankfurt continue. The “Air Cargo Community Frankfurt” was established with other partners at Frankfurt Airport to promote industry-wide issues and make the location more attractive as an air freight hub. Gerber highlighted the partnership with Japanese airline ANA Cargo: “The joint venture is a real advantage for our customers. They can already benefit from more flights and a denser network on routes from Japan to Europe.” The joint venture partners intend to include eastbound connections this summer. Additionally, the cargo airline plans to enter into another partnership later this year.

Dr Martin Schmitt, Board Member Finance and Human Resources, highlighted the importance of successful cost management for the ambitious programme. “We are making ambitious investments in our future – to do this, we require a solid long-term earnings base.” The SCORE profit improvement programme was a major factor behind the airline reviewing its earnings situation last year. The SCORE programme contributed EUR 116m of earnings in total. “We will continue to work hard on our cost structure and find ways to increase revenue,” said Schmitt, making it clear how Lufthansa Cargo intends to improve earnings and return over the coming years. Lufthansa Cargo therefore expects profits to increase once more in 2015. Profit for the year should be up slightly on 2014 in an environment with solid growth rates.

The 2014 financial year in figures*:

Lufthansa Cargo   2014 2013* Veränderungen in %
Total revenue in €m 2,435.3 2,443.3 -0.3
Operating result in €m 100.3 79.3 26.6
Operating margin in % 4.1 3.2 0.9P.
Employees as of 31.12. Number 4,663 4,659 0.1
Freight and mail in thousand t 1,669 1,715 -2.7
Available cargo tonne-kilometres in millions 12,354 12,490 -1.1
Revenue cargo tonne-kilometres in millions 8,612 8,731 -1.4
Cargo load factor in % 69.9 69.6 -0.2P.

* Last year's figures adjusted due to the first application of IFRS 11.



Lufthansa Cargo is awarded with Platinum Award

Air Cargo World rewards Lufthansa subsidiary with ‘Air Cargo Excellence Award’


 

US-based Air logistics magazine Air Cargo World has honoured Lufthansa Cargo with the renowned ‘Air Cargo Excellence Award’. Held in conjunction with IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai, the German airfreight carrier landed the award in the category Airlines with more than a million tonnes of freight carried. Lufthansa Cargo has thus asserted itself successfully against numerous other renowned airfreight carriers.

Thilo Schäfer, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Global Handling accepted the award on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo in Shanghai and commented, ‘This is a great Award for the entire company – especially for all colleagues who are in daily contact with the customers and make sure that the best service and the highest quality is achieved.

 


Lufthansa Cargo welcomes fifth Boeing 777F in Frankfurt

Modernisation of fleet structure part of “Lufthansa Cargo 2020”


 

The modernisation of Lufthansa Cargo’s fleet continues: Today (12 February 2015), the fifth Boeing 777F of the cargo airline with the registration D-ALFE landed in Frankfurt for the first time at 9:51, local time. On a flight lasting approximately nine hours, the crew under chief pilot Claus Richter had transferred the Triple Seven safely from Everett near Seattle to its new home airport. 

As part of its strategic program “Lufthansa Cargo 2020”, the freight airline has ordered a total of five new Triple Seven aircraft. In November 2013 the first machine entered regular service. In addition, Lufthansa Cargo has options for five further Boeing 777Fs with delivery to be split over the years until September 2020. “In our opinion, the Boeing Triple Seven is the best aircraft for our fleet structure. Its performance already far exceeded our expectations last year”, said Peter Gerber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. 

The Boeing 777F stands out for its ecological efficiency - thanks to state-of-the-art engines with low noise and fuel emissions - and is the most economical freighter of its class. Currently the freighters are being used mainly for scheduled operations between Europe and North America, and a daily flight to Shanghai is also on the agenda. Thanks to the new addition, there will also be B777F flights serving Hong Kong as of March.

The fifth Triple Seven will also have the special honour of connecting cities, countries and continents as an ambassador of Germany: “Hallo Germany” are the words on the fuselage of the brand-new aircraft. Lufthansa Cargo had staged a “Name the plane” online competition in 2013 asking people to find creative names for its entire fleet. The winning entry was the suggestion to greet the cargo airline’s most important destinations in the respective native languages. “Good Day, USA”, “Jambo Kenya”, “Ni Hao, China” and “Olá Brazil” are the greetings Lufthansa Cargo’s other Triple Seven freighters spread around the world every day.

 


Roses on a journey

Lufthansa Cargo is flying millions of red roses for Valentine’s Day


 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote that the most beautiful sentiments are expressed through flowers. People all over the world will declare their love through roses on Valentine’s Day this Saturday. Lufthansa Cargo is flying freighters laden with roses at the moment to ensure the long-stemmed flowers arrive on time to bloom in all their glory in vases right across Europe.

Lufthansa’s cargo arm is transporting around 1,500 tonnes of these delicate goods this year, most originating in Kenya or South America. These countries have the ideal climate for cultivating these flowers all year round, offering the best growing conditions.

Sophisticated logistics ensure that the roses are transported to their destination as quickly and carefully as possible from where they are cultivated. The roses are harvested several times a day at the flower farms and then immediately placed in water and cooled. Following sorting and packing, the flowers are taken directly to the airport and loaded onto the freighters.

 

Lufthansa Cargo connects the flower-growing countries with the Frankfurt hub several times a week. And special charter flights are arranged in addition to the scheduled connections at this time each year in order to serve the high demand for Valentine’s Day. The cargo airline has developed the special Fresh/td product specifically for the transportation of perishable goods such as flowers and food.

The flowers only remain in Frankfurt Airport for a short while. Just a few hours after landing, the roses are transported onwards from there out into all of Europe. 

A study conducted by Cranfield University in the UK has proven that it is more environmentally-friendly to transport roses from afar than to grow them in Europe. Transport by air generates less CO2 than the artificial irrigation and additional heat supply that would be required to cultivate them in Europe."



Lufthansa Cargo flies calmly through a challenging year

Cargo airline transports 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail


 

Lufthansa Cargo took to the skies with well-filled aircraft over the past twelve months. Despite a slight decline in transported cargo volume, Germany’s number one freight airline was able to maintain its capacity utilisation last year with a cargo load factor of 69.7 per cent (2013: 69.9 per cent). Faced by tough competition, the cargo airline transported around 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail in 2014, posting a slight year-on-year decline of -2.7 per cent.

In the past financial year, Lufthansa Cargo successfully focused on a flexible and demand-driven management of its capacities with the aim of boosting yields. At the same time, the freight airline invested in its network for its customers, adding Milan in Italy, Lagos in Nigeria and the Tunisian capital Tunis to its destinations. In addition, business with key sectors like the oil and gas industry played a stronger role for Lufthansa Cargo. Since November it has been offering a non-stop Boeing 777F flight from Houston (USA) to Stavanger (Norway) every Saturday, linking two of the world’s most important centres of the oil and gas industry.

“Competition on the market was very fierce again last year”, says Peter Gerber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “The fact that we continue to fly in this environ-ment with an unchanged high capacity utilisation rate, testifies to the success of our network management and strength of our global offerings and sales.”

Gerber’s forecast for the coming year is cautiously optimistic: “Despite the still difficult framework conditions, Lufthansa Cargo pursued its future programme Lufthansa Cargo 2020 with great determination in the past financial year.” A new IT system for cargo handling is being rolled out world-wide, marketing of lucrative express products further reinforced, and preparations for the new air freight terminal in Frankfurt, LCCneo, are in full swing. As another milestone of Lufthansa Cargo 2020, he also singled out the launch of a strategic joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) on routes between Japan and Europe. This is to ensure further growth on the important routes between the two major economic regions.

The economic result for the year 2014 will be announced this March. As already stated in the third interim report 2014, Lufthansa Cargo still assumes that its operating result will be higher than in the previous year.



ANA and Lufthansa Cargo successfully launch air cargo joint venture

Customers gain benefit of enlarged network


 

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and Lufthansa Cargo AG, one of the world´s leading air cargo carriers, have launched an innovative air cargo joint venture on Japan-Europe routes. Since 1 December, both airlines have commenced joint sales of shipments on flights from Japan to Europe.

On 2 December the first shipment sent by forwarder Schenker-Seino Co. Ltd and booked via Lufthansa Cargo was transported by ANA on flight number NH 277 from Tokyo to London. It consisted of three pieces of general cargo and weighed 153 kilograms. Due to the direct flight of ANA between the two cities, the customer was now able to take receipt of his shipment approximately 16 hours earlier than by choosing the transfer connection via Frankfurt.
On the same day the Lufthansa Cargo freighter flight LH 8385 carried the first shipment booked through ANA. The load weighed 1.8 tonnes. By accessing cargo capacities on freighter aircraft, it is now possible for ANA customers to send big volume freight and cargo that may only be transported on freighters, directly from Tokyo to Frankfurt. 

The joint venture benefits customers by providing a larger and faster network with more direct flights, more destinations and more frequencies.   By moving under one roof at major stations, such as the airports Narita and Nagoya in Japan and Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in Germany, customers can enjoy the services of both airlines at a single location.

Akira Okada, ANA Cargo CEO, said: “I am delighted that we have implemented the world’s first cargo joint venture of this kind. This partnership will improve the level of service offered to customers by generating a greater selection of routings and a wider range of service options.”  Customers will derive further advantages from enhanced quality and improved flexibility. Time-saving will be an additional benefit, with customers having only one location for export drop-off and import delivery.  “With the joint venture, both airlines will boost their position in global competition and make even better use of their aircraft capacities”, underlines Okada. 


Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO, said: “This cooperation marks a great step for our customers. They will benefit from a more attractive network. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with ANA, which sets a further milestone in bringing the economies of Japan and Europe closer together.”

ANA received antitrust immunity, i. e. approval for the joint venture from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport, beginning of September 2014 after filing for it in spring. In addition, the joint venture was positively assessed by external counsel for compliance with relevant EU antitrust regulations.

 

About ANA
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the eighth largest airline in the world by revenues (2013) and the largest in Japan by passenger numbers and cargo tonnage (2013). Founded in 1952, ANA flies to 36 international and 51 domestic destinations with a fleet of 242 aircraft that serves a network of 187 routes. The company has 14,000 employees. In 2013, it carried 49 million passengers and 1,187 thousand tons cargo generated revenues of 1,601 billion yen. ANA has been a core member of Star Alliance since 1999 and for passenger traffic, has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World, and was awarded five stars by the world's leading airline and airport review site, Skytrax for 2013 and 2014. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. ANA recently started a new cargo business unit, ANA Cargo, which is covering sales, marketing and operations to see further business expansion with its current ten B767 freighter aircrafts and Okinawa cargo hub.  

About Lufthansa Cargo AG
Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world’s leading cargo carriers. In the 2013 business year, the airline transported around 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.7 billion revenue tonne-kilometres. The Company currently employs about 4600 people, worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in almost 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.



Lufthansa Cargo celebrates 20th birthday

Airfreight carrier has become Europe’s leading cargo airline over the past two decades


 

Europe’s leading cargo airline turns 20. On 30 November two decades ago Deutsche Lufthansa AG pooled its cargo activities in a separate company. This was the birth of Lufthansa Cargo. Airfreight had always been an important business for Lufthansa and its predecessor companies. But the significance of its cargo activities surged when it created an independent company. Not only did it integrate the cargo business of Deutsche Lufthansa but the cargo flights formerly performed first by German Cargo and later by Lufthansa Cargo Airlines GmbH became a major pillar of the business. 

 

The team under Lufthansa Cargo’s first CEO, Wilhelm Althen, was therefore able to offer its customers all of the group’s freight capacities – be it on board its own freighters or on the cargo decks of passenger aircraft.

 

A few weeks after its official foundation Lufthansa Cargo started operating with a fleet of five McDonnell Douglas DC8 freighters, ten Boeing 747-200Fs and two Boeing 737 freighters in January 1995. 20 years later Lufthansa Cargo flies both with MD-11F and brand-new B777 freighters. The new jets with a maximum payload of 103 tonnes generate less noise and lower emissions, and are more economical than all other freighters of their class. Not only have the aircraft models changed over the years. Lufthansa Cargo is also a digital pioneer of the business. The cargo airline invests in cutting-edge IT and is pushing its goal of being digitally networked with all players of the logistics chain from booking to delivery by 2020. 

 

“The foundation of Lufthansa Cargo as an independent company in the 1990s paved the way to a hitherto unheard-of professionalization of airfreight”, points out Peter Gerber, the current CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “Cargo went from by-product to core business that now accounts for almost ten per cent of sales of the Lufthansa Group.”

 

Lufthansa Cargo is well-prepared for the future with its strategy programme “Lufthansa Cargo 2020”. “We are shaping up Lufthansa Cargo for the future with the largest investment programme in our company’s history”, Peter Gerber underlines the significance of the strategy. Customers of the cargo airline will benefit from investments in new efficient aircraft, state-of-the-art IT, digital processes and, not least, in the most modern logistics centre of the air cargo industry.

 

Selected milestones in the history of Lufthansa Cargo:

November 1994

Lufthansa Cargo AG is founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa AG with an Executive Board consisting of Wilhelm Althen, Rainer Butz and Walter Gehl. 


June 1998

The first MD-11F is delivered to Lufthansa Cargo. 


March 2001

Round the world service: launch of first airfreight service around the globe with stops in Chicago, Honolulu, Auckland, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Sharjah, among others.


April 2008

Lufthansa Cargo opens Frankfurt Animal Lounge, the most advanced animal station at any airport in the world.


June 2009

Cargo airline AeroLogic, a subsidiary of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, starts flight operations.


December 2011

New Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center opens in Frankfurt. 


February 2013

Providing faster aid together: Lufthansa Cargo starts close cooperation with relief alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.


November 2013

Frankfurt welcomes the first of five Boeing 777 freighters ordered by Lufthansa Cargo. 


December 2014

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa Cargo launch a strategic joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe.

 


Lufthansa Cargo serves Stavanger with cargo-only flights for the first time

Cargo airline improves link of the Norwegian oil hub with the global network


 

The Norwegian city of Stavanger is a new destination on Lufthansa Cargo's freighter schedule. As of 8 November, one of the cargo airline's Boeing 777F will link Houston with Stavanger every Saturday, providing a direct freighter service between two of the most important centres of the global oil and gas industry.

"Both in Houston and Stavanger time-critical technology for offshore and deep sea oilfield drilling is produced", explains Alexander Kohnen, Director Sales & Handling Nordic and Baltic at Lufthansa Cargo. "In most cases, speed is of the essence. With our direct cargo connection, time-critical express consignments will reach almost every destination in the world within 24 hours."

In total, Lufthansa Cargo will serve more than 300 destinations across 100 countries with the coming winter schedule. 45 stations will be flown to by the freight fleet.

 


Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech becomes new Board Member Products & Sales of Lufthansa Cargo

The current "Head of Commercial Frankfurt" for Lufthansa Passage succeeds Dr Andreas Otto


 

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech is appointed new Board Member Products & Sales of Lufthansa Cargo AG. This means the Supervisory Board of the cargo airline has opted for an internal Lufthansa candidate to succeed Dr Andreas Otto. Von Hoensbroech is currently "Head of Commercial Frankfurt" for Lufthansa Passage and responsible for network management, revenue management and commercial business management at the airline's biggest hub. The 44-year-old manager will take on his new position as of 1 December. Dr Andreas Otto had headed up the Product & Sales division for more than 14 years and was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines AG on 1 October.

"I am very pleased that this key position on the board of Lufthansa Cargo will be taken over by Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, an experienced, skilled manager from our own ranks", emphasised Harry Hohmeister, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Lufthansa Cargo AG. "With his extensive expertise in airline management, he will play a decisive role in shaping the future of Lufthansa Cargo in a challenging market climate."

As well as global sales, as a Board Member of Lufthansa Cargo, Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech will also be responsible for product management, margin management, network planning & sales steering, platform management for Austrian Airlines and the strategic eCargo project.

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech studied physics at the University of Bonn before obtaining a doctorate in an astrophysics-related subject at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Between 1999 and 2005, he worked at management consultancy company The Boston Consulting Group in Munich and Tokyo, most recently as a Project Manager. His customers were primarily from the airline industry. In 2005, Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech moved to Lufthansa, taking on responsibility for the Strategy & Subsidiaries division of Lufthansa Passage. In 2009, he was named "Project Manager for Airline Integration Management", where he was responsible for the integration of various airlines, such as Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, into the Lufthansa Group. Since July 2010, the Manager has been "Head of Commercial Frankfurt" for Lufthansa Passage.

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech is married and has four children.



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