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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

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 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.  


" 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 No. 16 "SEATTLE – A Plane’s birth – Coming to Earth" is available on DVD and Blu-ray for 29.90 Euro. Direct from, and, 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
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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.


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.


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."


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.


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’


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 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.

Lufthansa Cargo says hello with Merhaba Turkey

Freight airline names MD-11F in Istanbul


Lufthansa Cargo has emphasised the importance of Turkey as a major airfreight market by naming one of its freighters “Merhaba Turkey” (“Hello, Turkey”). The MD-11F with the registration “D-ALCE” was given its new name at a ceremony at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 14 October.


"In recent years, Turkey has become one of the most dynamic air cargo markets in the world. In this market, we stand for highest quality and offer our customers ultrafast connections to and from four national destinations", explained Board member Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht in Istanbul on Tuesday. "We serve the most important commercial centres in Turkey with frequent passenger flights and cargo-only flights, linking them with our global route network." 


Additional cargo from and to Turkey is transported in the passenger aircraft bellies of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Sun Express. Sun Express, a subsidiary of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines (50% each), links the airports of Izmir, Antalya and Ankara with more than 20 destinations in Germany and Europe. Austrian Airlines connects the hub in Vienna with the Turkish market during the summer schedule.   


The “Merhaba Turkey” is already the sixth Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be named in the past twelve months. The names of the freighters are based on the winning idea in a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet in 2013. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury opted for the central theme to “Say hello around the world”. Accordingly, all freighters in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will henceforth be named with greetings in around 20 languages. 


Lufthansa Cargo with improved connections to Africa

Lufthansa subsidiary adds Tunisia and Nigeria to their cargo network


Lufthansa Cargo is strengthening their presence on the African continent in the 2014/2015 winter flight plan. Since mid-September, the freight airline has been flying to Lagos, Nigeria twice a week, with the MD-11F. At the end of October, the Tunisian capital, Tunis, will also be incorporated into the route network. The route will be served every Tuesday, with the MD-11F.

"As a growth market, Africa is becoming more and more important", highlights Hermann Zunker, Director Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, when asked how relevant the continent is. "Tunisia has become one of the most competitive countries in Africa. Strong imports of consumer goods as well as growing demand for exports to the automotive and textile industries, above all, are continuing to increase the need for air cargo."

Nigeria provides good opportunities for import goods, more than anything. "Lagos is Africa's 'Big Apple'. The standard of living is increasing, and with it, the need for consumer goods. Traditionally speaking, another important customer of freight airlines is the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, with the industry dependent upon fast air freight connections."

In addition, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, and Lufthansa Cargo will begin a strategic joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe, and vice versa, towards the end of the year. This is the first joint venture of this nature in the air cargo industry worldwide. Thanks to the partnership, customers will have a greater selection of routes and more opportunities for service. The first shipment from Japan is planned for the beginning of December 2014. 


Bogotá has also been reintroduced into the route network, and from January 2015, will extend the route network to Central and South America. In the Colombia capital, fresh goods, such as flowers, make up the majority of the air cargo.


In total, Lufthansa Cargo will serve more than 300 destinations across 100 countries with the coming winter flight plan. 44 stations will be flown to by the freight fleet. In Europe, there are eight cargo destinations. Lufthansa Cargo provides 15 freight connections to Asia and the Middle East. In North America, seven cities will be served with freighters, in Central and South America, there will be a total of eight destinations. The African continent will be represented by six cities in the Lufthansa Cargo route network.

Lufthansa Cargo remains on track despite a challenging market environment

Cargo airline strengthens network


Lufthansa Cargo’s aircraft took to the skies with well-utilised capacities in the first nine months of 2014. Although the market environment remained challenging in the third quarter, a flexible and demand-focused capacity management generated a cargo load factor of just over 69 per cent – an excellent result for the sector. Freight and mail throughput showed a year-on-year decline of 3.2 per cent.


“Lufthansa Cargo remains on track despite a challenging market environment”, said the freight airline’s Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber. “High flexibility, strong customer orientation and top quality also paid off in the third quarter of the year.” In his forecast for the fourth quarter Gerber was cautiously optimistic. He expects a seasonal upturn in demand for the Christmas season.


Lufthansa Cargo also invested specifically in its own network during the last quarter. Since mid- September the cargo airline has been flying an MD-11F to Lagos, Nigeria twice a week. And more new routes will be added over the coming weeks.


In addition, Lufthansa Cargo will become even more attractive for its customers on the routes between Japan and Europe thanks to a joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA). As of December they will benefit from the combined network of the two airlines and a much larger choice of direct flights.


The economic result for the first nine months of 2014 will be announced on 30 October.

Lufthansa Cargo to operate all flights despite strike

Good news for customers of Lufthansa Cargo: No flight cancellations


Good news for customers of Lufthansa Cargo: the airline plans to operate all of its flights despite the walkout announced by the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit. The strike was set to ground all cargo flights scheduled to depart from Frankfurt on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Two flights will be departing earlier than scheduled, allowing them to bypass the strike period. As Lufthansa Cargo also flies about half of its freight in the bellies of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines passenger aircraft, the effects for customers will be kept at an absolute minimum.

You will find updates at including information about rescheduled flights. Information on the status of your booked shipments is available in the TrackIT-System.


Lufthansa Cargo simplifies pricing models for temperature-controlled shipments

The cargo airline enables daily invoicing and foregoes minimum purchasing


Lufthansa Cargo is making the invoicing model for Cool/td shipments even more customer friendly. The sender is now free to select the number of required rental days, the number of additional fees will be noticeably reduced, and this will be implemented in clear structures. Until now, it was only possible for a customer to hire a refrigerated container for a minimum of four days at a time; in the event of a booking at short notice, a change to a booking or an extension, further fees were added.

"The aim is to be as flexible as possible in the interest of the customer and provide a reliable as well as clear basis for calculation," explains Jörg Bodenröder, Director Competence Center Temperature Control at Lufthansa Cargo. "As such, this removes the former minimum hire duration and in the future, our customers will only pay for the days that they actually need. In addition, we have significantly lowered our extra fees, so that our customers are not disadvantaged even if they make bookings at short notice."

For years, the cargo specialist has stood for expertise when transporting sensitive, temperature-controlled goods, Lufthansa Cargo has established a dedicated Competence Team for Cool/td products and operates market-leading infrastructures at the Frankfurt and Hyderabad hubs, featuring different temperature zones. 

Companies in the pharmaceutical industry are above all reliant upon reliable refrigerated shipping. Medicines, vaccines and even insulin are frequently kept in restricted temperature ranges that must be strictly adhered to throughout the entire duration of transport.


Lufthansa Cargo Introduces Cockpit iPads

Navigation Maps and Operating Manuals Just a Swipe Away


Next-generation technology enters the cockpits at Lufthansa Cargo. Lufthansa’s cargo airline has developed the 500-gram iPad into a new “Electronic Flight Bag” (EFB). In the future, the EFB, with navigation maps, operating manuals and other important documents will be just a finger-swipe away.


“The iPad is the ideal basis for modern communication with the pilots and digital processes in the cockpit,” commented Wolfgang Raebiger, Director of Flight Operations at Lufthansa Cargo.

The environment also benefits: The removal of docking stations and thick cabling reduces weight, which means less kerosene will be used per flight.


“Safety first” of course remains the highest priority with the introduction of the new EFBs. “Already today we can guarantee that the iPad will provide the same functionalities as our current generation of Laptop EFBs. By that we lay the foundation for the integration of future technologies,” stated Raebiger.


The latest iPad generation will be rolled out at the end of the year and Lufthansa Cargo’s aircraft will be retrofitted starting from the new year, depending on delivery times and service layovers

Dr Andreas Otto to become new CCO of Austrian Airlines

Board Member Product & Sales leaves Lufthansa Cargo after 14 years


Dr Andreas Otto (51), current Board Member Product & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo in Frankfurt, will become new Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines AG as of 1 October 2014. He was appointed in today’s supervisory board meeting. Dr Otto will succeed Karsten Benz (50), who is returning to the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt as of 1 October 2014. 

“I am delighted to gain an experienced and successful airline manager from our own ranks in Dr Andreas Otto. For 14 years he helped shape the development of Lufthansa Cargo AG into one of the world’s most profitable cargo airlines”, said Harry Hohmeister, Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. Hohmeister sees this new appointment as a “clear commitment of the Lufthansa Group to developing Austrian Airlines into a quality airline at destination Vienna.” 

Dr Andreas Otto was born in Mettmann near Düsseldorf on 9 October 1962. After training as a bank manager, he started a course in business administration at Cologne University in 1985. During his studies Dr Otto took part in a foreign exchange as part of the International Management programme with Stockholm. After various internships in London, Paris and New York, Dr Otto completed his studies in 1991 obtaining a degree in business administration. In 1994 he was awarded a doctorate (Dr rer. pol).

In the same year, Dr Otto started his career at Rhenus AG & Co. KG in Dortmund as Project Manager Logistics. In 1996 he was appointed Managing Director of Rhenus Office Systems GmbH, and two years later he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President Sales of Rhenus AG. In 1999 he became Deputy Board Member for Marketing & Sales of the logistics service provider. On 13 March 2000 he took a seat on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG. Aside from his stewardship of worldwide sales and handling, he was responsible for Margin Management, Product Management, the eCargo future project as well as Global Network and Sales Steering. Dr Andreas Otto is married and father of one son.

Lufthansa Cargo’s supervisory board will decide on the board member’s successor promptly. Until then Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber will take over the Product & Sales portfolio in addition to his other responsibilities.


ANA und Lufthansa Cargo erhalten kartellrechtliche Freigabe für Japan-Europa Joint Venture

Kunden profitieren von umfangreicherem Angebot und mehr Flugverbindungen


All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japans größte Airline, und Lufthansa Cargo AG, eine der weltweit führenden Frachtairlines, starten ein strategisches Joint Venture auf Routen zwischen Japan und Europa und umgekehrt. Dies ist weltweit das erste Joint Venture dieser Art in der Luftfrachtindustrie. ANA hat heute die kartellrechtliche Freigabe vom japanischen Ministerium für Landesinfrastruktur und Transportwesen erhalten. Zuvor hatte sie im Frühling 2014 die Anfrage hierfür eingereicht. Weiterhin wurde das Joint Venture von einem externen Rechtsprüfer zwecks Einhaltung der relevanten EU Anti-Trust Richtlinien mit einem positiven Ergebnis bewertet.

Ab sofort können ANA und Lufthansa Cargo zusammen Aktivitäten wie Netzplanung, Preisgestaltung, Verkauf und Abfertigung auf allen japanisch-europäischen Routen und umgekehrt gemeinsam gestalten. Basierend auf einem Joint Venture Vertrag, welcher in den nächsten zwei Wochen unterschrieben wird, planen die beiden Fluggesellschaften die gemeinschaftliche Vorgehensweise für Sendungen aus Japan ab dem kommenden Winter  umzusetzen. Für Sendungen von Europa nach Japan ist eine Umsetzung ab Mitte 2015 geplant.

Kunden erhalten durch die Partnerschaft eine größere Streckenauswahl und mehr Service-Möglichkeiten. Sie profitieren besonders vom größeren und dichteren Netzwerk, welches mehr Direktflüge, mehr Flugziele und mehr Flugfrequenzen bietet. Indem die Fluggesellschaften an großen Flughäfen wie Tokio-Narita und Nagoya in Japan sowie Düsseldorf und Frankfurt die Frachtabfertigung zusammenlegen, werden Wege für die Kunden vor Ort noch kürzer.

Im Passagierverkehr verbindet  Lufthansa und ANA als Mitglieder des weltweit größten Airline-Netzwerkes Star Alliance eine lange Partnerschaft. Darüber hinaus haben die beiden Unternehmen 2012 ein Joint Venture auf Strecken zwischen Japan und Europa gestartet. Dabei profitieren Passagiere von effizienteren und abgestimmten Dienstleistungen beider Netzwerke. Das neue Luftfracht Joint Venture ergänzt die Zusammenarbeit, so dass sich die enge Partnerschaft der beiden Airlines nun auch für Cargo-Kunden lohnt.

Lufthansa Cargo starts new freighter flights to Lagos

Cargo airline strengthens presence in West Africa


Lufthansa Cargo is further integrating Lagos into its own network through twice-weekly freighter flights. From 15 September, a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter will take off from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday.

Lagos is an important destination for the oil and gas industry in particular. Urgently required spare parts and equipment for oil production facilities can now be transported even faster to Nigeria, and with greater flexibility. A total of 170 tonnes of capacity will be available each week to Lufthansa Cargo customers on this route from September.

Following a brief stop, the freighter will fly on to Johannesburg. The return leg to Frankfurt will include a stopover in Nairobi. Another two weekly flights from Frankfurt to Johannesburg will also stop in Nairobi on the southbound flight.

“Adding Lagos to our freighter network considerably strengthens our involvement in West Africa”, emphasised Carsten Wirths, Vice President Europe & Africa at Lufthansa Cargo. In Nigeria alone, Lufthansa Cargo offers freight capacity on board Lufthansa Passenger Airlines flights to three destinations. Besides Lagos, Lufthansa also flies to Port Harcourt and Abuja with an Airbus A330. Accra (Ghana), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Luanda (Angola) are further destinations in West Africa.

Cargo Human Care creates new perspectives

Aid organization founded by Lufthansa Cargo and German doctors gives orphans in Nairobi the chance of an independent working life


The reward for ongoing commitment: at the end of the 2013 school year, the first 18 young people from the Mothers’ Mercy Home (MMH) orphanage completed their secondary school education. The MMH is a center for activities supported by Cargo Human Care (CHC), an aid organization founded jointly by Lufthansa Cargo and German doctors in 2007. CHC provides rapid, unbureaucratic assistance for the sick and needy in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and surrounding area. It has also set up a sponsorship program to cover the cost of school fees and thus ensure that the older children at MMH can attend a secondary school.

“It is especially important for Cargo Human Care that our projects are sustainable. We want to give the children of the Mothers’ Mercy Home a good foundation for their future career. Education is the uppermost priority,” says Lufthansa Cargo fleet chief Captain Fokko Doyen, a founder member of CHC and chairman of the organization.

Obtaining a school leaving qualification is the first major hurdle on the road to employment. But in order to succeed in gaining steady employment, further professional training is essential. CHC finances the young adults’ education and living costs through full and partial training sponsorships.

In order to make sure that stepping into adulthood does not feel like being thrown in at the deep end, the protégés receive support for their transition to an independent working life. The CHC working group “ChiCa” (Child Care) has assumed responsibility for coordinating and managing the training sponsorships. Special emphasis is placed on providing careers advice, mentoring towards self-reflection and encouraging individual initiative. But guidance on maintaining family ties and finding a place in Kenyan society also plays an important role.


A flying stable

Lufthansa Cargo transports 65 horses to Tehran


65 horses, 22 mobile stalls, one aircraft. Lufthansa Cargo flew this record-breaking number of quadrupeds from Frankfurt to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on a special flight from Monday to Tuesday night. As the Boeing 777F with flight number LH8350 took off at 10:06 p.m. from Frankfurt, the entire main deck was taken up by horse containers. The modern freighter flown by Chief Pilot Claus Richter was in the air around four-and-a-half hours before safely landing in Tehran.

Hours before, the elegant stud and competition horses had checked in at Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt Animal Lounge and then been accommodated in new horse containers specially designed for such transports. “The bright, friendly interiors make travel more comfortable and the horses are also more willing to enter the unfamiliar containers”, explained Axel Heitmann, who heads up the Frankfurt Animal Lounge. “The ‘sandwich floor' with two plates means these sensitive animals hardly feel the vibrations during loading. At the end of the day, we want our four-legged guests to enjoy the most comfortable transport experience possible.”

This flight was also something special for Christian Nagel, owner of Agricon-Logistic GmbH & Co. KG, the horse shipper responsible for the entire transport: “Even for us, as the market leader in horse transports to the Middle East, a charter flight with 65 horses is always a highlight in daily operations. We planned the transport meticulously with Lufthansa Cargo over several weeks.”

The experts from Agricon-Logistic and Lufthansa Cargo had to take numerous factors into account. The mares and stallions were kept separate so as not to cause unnecessary stress during the flight. The female animals were placed at the rear of the aircraft, while their male counterparts were kept to the fore of the deck.

Professional horse attendants from Agricon-Logistic and a vet also travelled on the flight to ensure the horses’ safety and comfort. The vet and care staff have access to their charges at all times during such a flight so as to replenish water and hay supplies and, of course, dole out affection.


Lufthansa Cargo greets Japan with “Konnichiwa”

MD-11freighter becomes flying ambassador


An MD-11 freighter in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will in future be bearing the name “Konnichiwa Japan” (Good Day Japan) on flights in the carrier’s global network. 
The aircraft with the registration D-ALCG, was named by Peter Gerber, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, Dr. Hans Carl von Werthern, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan, and Tokuhisa Takano, Senior Vice President of Narita International Airport Corporation, at a ceremony at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. In keeping with Japanese tradition, a barrel of sake was ceremoniously opened for the plane to be sprinkled with Japan’s customary beverage. 

The freighter has been christened “Konnichiwa Japan”, symbolising the significance of Japan as one of the most important markets for global air freight services.  Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, states: “The ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ greeting also illustrates the special bond between Lufthansa Cargo and Japan. Lufthansa Cargo is the market leader of the air cargo business from Japan to Europe.” It has long standing connections with the customers in the air cargo industry since 1961 and grew further with the first freighter operations in 1969.” Lufthansa Cargo is offering today 47 weekly flights between Japan and Europe including the services of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

The D-ALCG is the first MD-11 in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet to be named following similar naming ceremonies for four Boeing 777 freighters operated by Europe’s leading cargo airline. 

The idea of giving the aircraft this name originated from the winning submission in a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet. The key message “Say hello around the world” was chosen by the jury with the endorsement of the Executive Board from more than 40,000 entries with name-the-plane suggestions, which were submitted to Lufthansa Cargo in the space of six weeks.  


Lufthansa Cargo increases load factor

Europe’s leading cargo airline keeps focus on flexible capacity management


Lufthansa Cargo has been flying well-laden aircraft in the first six months of the year. The market environment did remain challenging in the second quarter of 2014. However, Europe’s leading cargo airline increased its load factor to more than 70 percent – an exceptionally high value compared to the rest of the industry. Lufthansa Cargo was able to achieve such good utilisation levels thanks to flexible, demand-driven capacity management. Overall, the Lufthansa subsidiary reduced its offering in comparison with the previous year by 2.1 per cent, with the sharpest decline coming in the Africa/Middle East transport region.

“We’re still not seeing any stable recovery in demand in global air cargo markets”, said the cargo airline’s CEO Peter Gerber. “In this environment, it’s important that we remain vigilant and can respond quickly.” The schedule is continuously and flexibly adapted to meet current demand in order to ensure the profitability of the individual connections. Thanks to disciplined capacity management, Lufthansa Cargo was one of the few cargo airlines in the world to maintain solid profitability last year.

The carrier is also energetically pursuing its fleet renewal plans. “With four brand new Boeing 777 freighters now in use, we have even more ways of aligning our network to best meet the needs of our customers”, emphasised Gerber. The new aircraft have been achieving the highest levels of efficiency from day one, lowering costs and environmental impacts. 

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

Lufthansa Cargo: All eyes on Brazil

Latest B777 freighter to be christened “Olá Brazil” in time for the sport event of the year


The eyes of the whole world are eagerly focused on Brazil at the moment. Excitement is high at Lufthansa Cargo as well, with Europe’s leading cargo airline christening its fourth Boeing 777F (registration D-ALFD) “Olá Brazil”. The brand-new aircraft safely landed at the carrier’s home base Frankfurt on Thursday morning for the very first time.

Lufthansa Cargo is emphasising its commitment to the South American country with this greeting. The cargo airline offers a high number of freighter flights to Brazil and also uses the capacities in the bellies of passenger flights.

By investing in five brand new Boeing 777Fs as part of the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme, the cargo airline is concentrating on modernisation and innovation. Each of the “Triple Seven” freighters can carry up to 103 tonnes of cargo for more than 9,000 km, equivalent to a non-stop flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai.

 “We are delighted with the superb reliability and efficiency of the new 'Triple Seven’ aircraft”, said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations of Lufthansa Cargo. “The B777F fleet is a world-champion when it comes to punctuality and has been a significant factor in quality enhancements achieved for our customers in recent months.”

The idea to give the aircraft the greeting “Olá Brazil” originated from the winning idea in a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet in advance of the arrival of the first B777F in November 2013. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names, a jury with the involvement of the full Cargo Board opted for the central theme: “Say hello around the world”. The MD-11 freighters will also be christened with greetings in many country-specific languages over the months ahead. 

Expeditors win Lufthansa Cargo’s Planet Award of Excellence

Cargo airline honours logistics group for outstanding cooperation


The US logistics services provider Expeditors has won Lufthansa Cargo’s Planet Award of Excellence. The cargo airline presented the award to Expeditors in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the companies’ global cooperation during the previous year. The award ceremony took place at this year’s Global Partner Council in Riga, Latvia. Lufthansa Cargo’s selection took account not only of transported tonnage figures but also focused, above all, on the promotion of innovative distribution channels and the increasing digitisation of air freight processes in the interaction between the two companies. 

“We are proud that Expeditors has been part of Lufthansa Cargo’s Global Partnership Programme since 2007. Since then, the two companies have ensured a sustainable development of transported air cargo, which is further evidence of the good partnership and strong and enduring loyalty between the two companies,” said Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. 

Together with Dr Andreas Otto, Board Member Product and Sales of Lufthansa Cargo, Peter Gerber presented the award to Jeffrey S. Musser, CEO Expeditors International, as well as José Ubeda, Senior Vice President Air Cargo Expeditors International. “We are delighted to have reinforced the utilisation of innovative booking channels together with Expeditors last year, which enables us to focus more on paperless and sustainable eChannels,” pointed out Dr Otto. “This again proves that Lufthansa Cargo can establish innovations on the air cargo market in cooperation with strong partners from the Global Partnership Programme while driving key industry topics such as the automation of business processes.” 

Jeffrey S. Musser emphasised: “We wish to thank one of our most important business partners for conferring on us such a prestigious award. With Lufthansa Cargo we have a strong partner at our side, who guarantees us a first-class service and global network.” José Ubeda added: “Thanks to the cooperation with one of the world’s best cargo airlines we have been able to benefit from synergies and generate a unique added value for our end customers.”

The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for sustainable growth. 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. The Global Partner Council is a meeting of top-level managers of the world’s leading forwarding companies with the executive board and top management of Lufthansa Cargo. 

Lufthansa Cargo takes to the skies with lighter containers

Europe’s leading cargo airline further reduces fuel consumption and emissions


All of the LD3 containers used by Lufthansa Cargo are now the lightweight versions. The LD3 standard containers produced using lighter composite materials are helping to radically reduce fuel consumption and emissions at Europe’s leading cargo airline.

With some 500,000 container movements per year, the good 14-kilogramme difference over conventional containers amounts to a weight saving of 7 million kilogrammes. Therefore, using these flyweight containers to transport cargo and luggage will reduce fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes and CO2 emissions by a good 7,000 tonnes per year.

“The new, lighter containers are still extremely robust and strong in spite of being almost completely made of plastic”, said Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo. “Replacing all of our LD3 standard containers brings us a good deal closer to our goal of reducing our specific CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020 compared to 2005. We want to continue to fulfil our role as an industry leader in the future as well and help make air freight greener through innovative and modern technologies.”

Lufthansa Cargo flies with full aircraft in the first quarter

Europe’s leading cargo airline achieves capacity sell-out


The air cargo market continues to show signs of a slight recovery. Benefiting from this develop-ment, Lufthansa Cargo flew fuller planes in the first three months of 2014. Thanks to a disciplined capacity management Europe’s leading cargo airline saw an increase in capacity sales to nearly 72 per cent – an exceptional result compared to the rest of the market.

Lufthansa Cargo’s capacity management remains flexible and demand-driven. Having increased its capacities by 1.6 per cent, it was able to achieve a sell-out in the first quarter of 2014. With 399,000 tonnes of transported freight and mail, its tonnage remained on par with the previous year’s figure. 

“There are noticeable, albeit still mild, signs of a market recovery”, said the cargo airline’s CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. For this reason Lufthansa Cargo has only gradually increased its capacities for the time being. “But I trust that we will be able to strengthen our market position with new Boeing 777 freighters and an attractive, global network in the course of the year”, pointed out Garnadt. 

The economic result for the first three months of this year will be announced on 6 May.


Overview of the performance data for Lufthansa Cargo in the first three quarters of 2014:

  2014 Diff. from prev. year
Freight/mail in tonne '000s 399 -0.3%
TKO (million) 2,863 1.6%
TKT (million) 2,061 2.3%
Cargo load factor 72.0% 0.4%-P.


Overview of the transport regions:

  Europe Americas Asia/Pacific Africa/Middle East
  2014 Diff. from prev. year 2014 Diff. from prev. year 2014 Diff. from prev. year 2014 Diff. from prev. year
Freight/mail in tonne '000s 135 -3.0% 126 2.9% 106 4.1% 32 -9.8%
Offering in TKO (million) 156 5.1% 1,289 3.4% 1,133 1.3% 282 -7.8%
Sales in TKT (million) 83 3.4% 932 3.9% 887 3.2% 158 -11.2%
Cargo load factor 52.5% -0.8%-P. 72.4% 0.3%-P. 78.3% 1.5%-P. 55.8% -2.1%-P.


“Ni Hao China”: Lufthansa Cargo sends new Boeing 777F daily to Shanghai

Europe’s leading cargo airline strengthens its presence in the growth market of China


A new destination for Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F: the brand-new freighter is heading for Shanghai Pudong Airport since last week as well. It has become the first city in the global route network of Europe’s leading cargo airline that is served with daily flights by the new “Triple Seven”.
 “We are strengthening our position in China considerably through the use of the best freighter in its class”, emphasised Christian Haug, Regional Director North & Central to more than 100 representatives of the logistics industry in Shanghai. “The Triple Seven is already setting standards in reliability and other areas in just the first few months since we introduced the new aircraft model. With the new aircraft, we are continuing to invest for our customers in our dense, high-frequency network.”
Shanghai is Lufthansa Cargo’s largest freighter station in the global route network. With the arrival of the third “Triple Seven”, the fleet is now big enough to allow the company to serve this long-haul route daily with the new freighters. 
As a sign of the special ties with China, the Boeing 777F bearing registration D-ALFC was christened “Ni Hao, China” (“Good Day, China”) on arrival in Shanghai. The idea to give the aircraft this name originated from the winning submission to a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet in advance of the arrival of the B777. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury with the involvement of the full Cargo Board opted for the central theme to “Say hello around the world”. 
Lufthansa Cargo has traditionally held a strong position in China. Freighters and Lufthansa Passenger aircraft currently fly to a total of nine cities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The cargo airline offers its customers more than 2,200 tonnes of freight capacity to the European hub per week. The two handling companies which Lufthansa Cargo operates with Chinese partners in Shanghai and Shenzhen are also very successful.

Air cargo security: Lufthansa Cargo demands no double screening

Sixth security conference of Europe’s number one cargo airline


At the company’s sixth security conference Lufthansa Cargo called for a more efficient air cargo screening process. This should be combined with the necessary measures to further enhance security levels, pointed out Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa Cargo’s Board Member for Operations.

Approx. 250 representatives of the logistics industry attended the cargo airline’s conference, which was held under the title “Air Cargo Security 2020: Recognizing Risks – Forming Alliances”. Apart from industry leaders, speakers of the lectures and panel discussions included senior officials and politicians, such as former ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, who has been chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2009, and Jörg Mendel, President of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation in Germany.

The key topic of the conference was the forthcoming implementation of the EU’s ACC3 regulation (Air Cargo Carrier 3rd Country), which is to ensure a uniform security level through validations of non-EU airports in a closed process chain. “ACC3 is a major step towards making world-wide air cargo transport even more secure”, emphasised Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht. Lufthansa Cargo is well-prepared for implementation on 1 July, and first validations of non-EU stations are already in progress, said the Lufthansa Cargo manager. But he also pointed out that in some areas of implementation there is still need for political action. The demand for additional transfer screening is a “step backwards” said Dr. Rupprecht. “Every air cargo shipment needs to be secured reliably before being taken on board for the first time”, he explained. “Transfer screening only causes higher costs and longer transit times – without increasing security.”

The company praised the use of explosive detection dogs. At the last security conference in Frankfurt two years ago Lufthansa Cargo had still strongly advocated their admission. Today, using the dogs is a reliable, proven and efficient way to screen shipments.

A new Air Cargo Security Manual, which was first presented to the public at the conference, is to help logistics professionals keep abreast of the complex field of air cargo security. The manual was co-authored by the researchers Prof.  Elmar Giemulla and Bastian Rothe, as well as Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Security Officer, Harald Zielinski. He said: “The Air Cargo Manual, of which the first volume is dedicated to air cargo security, is to serve as a new reference tool offering orientation and delivering clear facts and information on current security requirements and processes. As an airline, we want to offer the entire logistics industry a real added value and contribute to a safe and efficient transport of air cargo.” To keep informed of the latest developments in ever-changing security regulations, the digital version of the manual is constantly updated. It is available directly from Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Cargo plans leap in profits for 2014

Lufthansa subsidiary looking to strengthen its position as the leading cargo airline in Europe


Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of EUR 77 million euros in the last financial year, 

28 million euros less than in the previous year. Numerous projects in the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme were vigorously pursued; fleet modernisation was successfully initiated. A significantly higher result is expected in 2014.


Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, emphasised at the annual press conference in Frankfurt that the company is well on its way to consolidating and strengthening its position as Europe's leading cargo airline this year: “We have set ourselves ambitious targets. We want to grow our tonnage by around five per cent and plan to significantly increase the operating profit”, said Garnadt. 


The Cargo CEO, who will take over at the helm of Lufthansa Passage on 1 May, announced an operating result of 77 million euros (2012: 105 million euros) on presentation of the 2013 balance sheet. This means that Lufthansa Cargo remains one of the few cargo airlines in the world to maintain profitability in a very difficult market environment. Meanwhile, many competitors have had to shrink or even suspend their freighter operations in the face of persistent losses. 


Demand in global air freight markets remained perceptibly below expectations last year. Signs of the upturn predicted for the middle of the year only appeared towards the end of the year, with positive developments on Far Eastern routes in particular. During this difficult phase, Lufthansa Cargo continued to pursue its very successful strategy of flexible, demand-oriented capacity management, as in previous years. This allowed the cargo airline to boost capacity utilisation even though tonnage levels fell slightly. On an annual average basis, the cargo load factor increased to the very high level of 69.9 per cent. However, there was continued pressure on average yields due to poor demand. All in all, the company achieved a total revenue of 2.4 billion euros, a decline of some nine per cent over the previous year.


Big investment in the future of air freight 


Strict cost management has reduced the company’s expenditures below the previous year’s level. The Group-wide SCORE earnings improvement programme in particular has delivered clear results. Through numerous individual measures, Lufthansa Cargo has succeeded in improving earnings by 73 million euros. These have included revenue-increasing measures such as “Product Push”, a successful project to more intensively market special transports, and numerous cost-cutting projects.


Lufthansa Cargo will continue its strict cost management in the current financial year: “Implementing our big modernisation projects and being disciplined on the expenditure side are still top priorities”, emphasised Dr Martin Schmitt, Board member Finance and Human Resources at Lufthansa Cargo. “New aircraft, new cargo centre, new IT: we are investing a 10-figure sum of euros in securing the future of our company through the ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ programme. If we want to implement our ambitious programme without cuts, however, we are going to need higher operating results again to finance it”, explained Dr Schmitt. Therefore, the SCORE programme will still be vigorously pursued. 


 “Lufthansa Cargo 2020”: from vision to reality


The airline will greatly benefit in 2014 from the now three Boeing 777 freighters to be deployed on North Atlantic routes and also to Shanghai from next week. With significantly lower fuel consumption, the brand new aircraft not only produce lower emissions but will also help reduce costs. Another Triple Seven will be delivered in June of this year. Because of the new arrivals, Lufthansa Cargo is planning to fly just 14 of its originally 18 MD-11 freighters.


The other “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future projects are also being successfully realised at the moment. The modernisation of the IT landscape should largely be completed by the end of 2014 and plans for the new logistics centre at the home base in Frankfurt are also being finalised. Preparations for the construction of the world’s most modern and efficient cargo centre (project name “LCCneo”) are already in full swing. The 2020 “Cooperations” project is transitioning from the planning phase to implementation – the first partnership with an airline outside of the Lufthansa Group should already be sealed by the middle of the year. Lufthansa Cargo is hoping to use close bilateral cooperation to secure growth opportunities on important freight routes in the future and further increase the appeal of its global network for customers. 


“Lufthansa Cargo 2020 is not a simple programme. We are pursuing lots of ambitious and complex future projects in parallel. But we are right on track thanks to our outstanding team”, underlined Karl Ulrich Garnadt. The first project successes are already apparent and are considerably strengthening the airline’s position in global competition. Garnadt: “Our Company is being readied for the next generation.” The CEO went on to explain how customers of Lufthansa Cargo will benefit in particular: “Our customer satisfaction is at record levels. But we want to continue systematically improving our quality over the years ahead. Large-scale investment in our product and infrastructure is key to this.”


The 2013 financial year in figures:

Lufthansa Cargo   2013 2012 Percentage change
Revenue In €m 2,442 2,688 -9.2
Operating profit* In €m 77 105 -26.7
Operating margin In percent 3.2 3.9 -0.7pp.
Employees as of 31.12. Number 4,589 4,606 -0.4
Freight and mail* In millions of tonnes 1,715 1,732 -1.0
Available tonne-kilometres* In millions 12,490 12,531 -0.3
Revenue tonne-kilometres* In millions 8,731 8,728 +0.0
Cargo load factor* In percent 69.9 69.7 +0.2pp.

* Previous year’s figures adjusted

Two awards for Lufthansa Cargo

Customers honour the innovation drive of Europe’s leading cargo carrier


The ambitious “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme is reaping kudos in the logistics industry.  At the prestigious “Air Cargo Excellence Awards" coinciding with the World Cargo Symposium 2014 in Los Angeles,  Europe’s leading cargo carrier landed the Platinum Award. The US based global logistics group Expeditors International additionally conferred the 2013 “Award of Excellence” on Lufthansa Cargo. Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product and Sales Dr. Andreas Otto accepted the award at a ceremony at the Expeditors HQ in Seattle, Washington.


“The two awards are not only a great tribute to all the staff at Lufthansa Cargo, they also spur and commit us not relax our drive in pursuit of constant quality improvement and new, innovative products,” observed Dr. Andreas Otto. With the numerous projects initiated in its ongoing “Lufthansa Cargo 2020" future programme, the Company is ostensibly right on course to convince its customers and cement their loyalty.” 


New aircraft, new IT, a new logistics centre, and more digitization: With investments running into billions in the future of the airfreight business, Lufthansa Cargo is consolidating and expanding its industry lead. Nowhere is this more evident than in the shape of three brand-new Boeing 777 freighters, which are now on scheduled service with the cargo carrier. 


Thanks to “Lufthansa Cargo 2020”, Lufthansa Cargo customers are profiting from faster and more efficient processes. Superior quality has assumed greater than ever importance at Lufthansa Cargo, emphasized Dr. Andreas Otto. “Through maximum reliability, a global and high-frequency network as well as customized transport solutions, we intend to continue offering the best airfreight product, worldwide.”


With this double distinction, customers from the logistics industry are expressing their great appreciation for the innovative course, on which the cargo airline has embarked. Lufthansa Cargo scored highly in a number of categories at the “Air Cargo Excellence Awards 2014”. In the annual survey conducted by "Air Cargo World" magazine, freight forwarders rate airlines and airports on the basis of their customer service, quality and information technology.  


Lufthansa Cargo flying freighters to Milan

Closer ties with major Italian economic centre


Lufthansa Cargo has added another destination to its freighter network – Milan in northern Italy.  Aircraft from Europe’s leading cargo airline will fly to the capital of Lombardy twice a week from 5 March. Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11 freighters and newly delivered Boeing 777Fs will be used on this route.


Milan Malpensa Airport will become a stopover for Lufthansa Cargo flights returning from Cairo to Frankfurt. Therefore, customers in this economically strong region in northern Italy will enjoy an even better connection to the airline’s hub.


Lufthansa Cargo is again offering a global network in the new summer schedule, which will take effect from 30 March. Overall, Lufthansa Cargo will be providing its customers with connections to 299 destinations in 100 countries. A total of 50 cities will have freighter services. Most of these will be in Asia, where Lufthansa Cargo will offer freighter connections to 23 destinations. Freighters will fly to nine cities in North America and eight in Latin America. Four freighter destinations to and from the African continent will feature on the Lufthansa Cargo schedule, along with six cities in Europe.


New leadership at Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary

Carsten Hernig takes over top position at Jettainer


Carsten Hernig (39) is the new managing director of Jettainer GmbH, the world‘s leading service partner for outsourced ULD management. Hernig had assumed his new position on 

1 January 2014. Until the end of March 2014 he will lead the company in collaboration with Alexander Plümacher. 


“We are delighted to have won Carsten Hernig for this position, seeing that he is not only a home-grown talent, but also an experienced international manager”, said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Executive Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo. Carsten Hernigs career at the Lufthansa group of companies extends to 15 years. The business graduate had initially worked in Singapore as manager of marketing control and capacity planning of the Asian-Pacific region. Beginning in 2003, he was appointed sales manager in Russia and the CIS-countries in Moscow, before he was called-on to manage the South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan regions in Hong Kong. Most recently, Carsten Hernig held the position as regional director for South Asia, the Middle East and Pakistan, based in New Delhi, where he was responsible for station operation, sales and marketing in 19 countries with 29 offices in South Asia, the Gulf Region as well as the Middle East. 


Carsten Hernig succeeds Alexander Pluemacher, who led the company for six years. During this time, Jettainer managed to acquire important key customers. Under Alexander Pluemacher’s leadership, Jettainer GmbH teamed up with airlines such as Etihad Airways, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Berlin and Singapore Airlines, with exceptional success. 


Pluemacher leaves the company at his own request in order to pursue new challenges. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, member of Jettainer’s supervisory board, regrets the decision: “Under Alexander Pluemacher’s leadership, the company managed to position itself as a global quality provider and gain worldwide acceptance and consideration. Today, Jettainer is the global brand for intelligent shipping logistics.”


Ein Blumenmeer für ganz Europa

Mit Sonderflügen bringt Lufthansa Cargo zum Valentinstag 1000 Tonnen Rosen in die Heimat


Ein schneller Transport per Luftfracht ermöglicht, dass am Valentinstag Millionen von Menschen mit roten Rosen ihre Liebe zeigen. Denn die langstieligen Blumen sind besonders sensibel und müssen schnell und behutsam aus den Anbauländern in Afrika und Südamerika nach Europa transportiert werden.

Lufthansa Cargo sorgt mit Frachtflugzeugen voller Blumen in diesen Tagen dafür, dass pünktlich zum Valentinstag am 14. Februar Millionen roter Rosen zur Verfügung stehen. Insgesamt fliegt Europas führende Fracht-Airline in diesem Jahr rund 1000 Tonnen Rosen aus klimatisch warmen Anbauländern nach Frankfurt. Die beförderte Menge entspricht einem Gewicht von etwa 1000 Kleinwagen.

Der logistische Prozess, bis zu 90 Tonnen Rosen in einen einzigen Flugtransport zu packen, ist unterm Strich umweltfreundlicher als die Aufzucht heimischer Rosen. Diese verursachen einer Studie der britischen Cranfield University zufolge mehr CO2, da jede einzelne Blume für ihr Wachstum künstliche Bewässerung und zusätzliche Wärmezufuhr benötigt.

Die größten Exportländer für Rosen sind Kenia, Kolumbien und Ecuador, dessen Hauptstadt Quito auch die „Stadt des ewigen Frühlings“ genannt wird. Lufthansa Cargo verbindet all diese Blumen-Länder mehrmals wöchentlich mit dem Drehkreuz Frankfurt. Zum Valentinstag wird die normale Frequenz der Verbindungen durch Sonderflüge aufgestockt, um die außergewöhnlich hohe Nachfrage zu bedienen. Eigens für den Transport verderblicher Ware wie Blumen und Lebensmitteln hat Lufthansa Cargo das Spezialprodukt Fresh/td entwickelt.

Die ausgefeilte Logistik der Fluggesellschaft, spezielle Kühlsysteme im Frachtraum und nicht zuletzt die Expertise der Produzenten in den exportierenden Ländern sorgen dafür, dass die Rosen frisch an ihren Zielorten eintreffen.

Nach der Ernte werden die Blumen auf dem schnellsten Weg von der Plantage zum Verpacken und von dort direkt in den Laderaum der Frachtflugzeuge befördert. So landen sie in ihrer vollen Pracht am Frankfurter Flughafen. Von hier aus wird der Weitertransport nach ganz Europa koordiniert.

Cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and Cool Chain Group

Ongoing development of To-Door services for fresh produce transports


Customers of Lufthansa Cargo will profit in future from close cooperation between the cargo carrier and the Cool Chain Group (CCG). The two companies are to cooperate on direct 
delivery to the recipient’s doorstep of perishables, such as flowers, fruit or vegetables, as well as collaborate in the ongoing development of To-Door services. Lufthansa Cargo has been offering such services with its Fresh To-Door product for the past 15 years.

In future, direct deliveries to customers will be on offer at a total of 36 European 
destinations in the Lufthansa Cargo network. The service is valued especially by customers requiring fast and reliable shipment of fresh cargo in a temperature-controlled environment but with no transport service of their own from airport to consignee.

Furthermore, Lufthansa Cargo and the Cool Chain Group are planning to expand To-Door services to other markets.

Cargo awards for Ipsen Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel, MT Logistik, SDV Geis and Quick Cargo Service

200 industry experts discuss the digitization of air freight at Lufthansa Cargo customer conference


Systematic digitization of the air freight business and further quality improvements are right at the top of Lufthansa Cargo's 2014 agenda. This was underscored by Dr. Andreas Otto, Board Member Products and Sales at Europe’s leading cargo airline, on Wednesday at the “Lufthansa Cargo in Dialogue” event. More than 200 logistics industry representatives accepted Lufthansa Cargo’s invitation to the two-day conference.


“We are collaborating with our customers to ensure that goods find their way through the complex supply chain even faster, even more efficiently and with even greater reliability”, stressed Dr Andreas Otto. “Closer networking is crucial to this, especially via digital interfaces.” In addition to significant investment in brand new aircraft and state-of-the-art logistics infrastructure, the major expansion of electronic processes is a key element in the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme.


The Lufthansa subsidiary invited its customers to take part in an “e-Award” for the first time last year. It is aimed at further supporting the rapid expansion of digital processes between forwarders and airlines. Ipsen Logistics (overall winner) and Kuehne + Nagel (forwarder with more than 10,000 air waybills per year) were the first recipients. The “e-Award” takes a number of factors into account, including the percentage of electronic bookings and the use of eFreight. 


“We want to drive digitization in our industry with the ‘e-Award’. We had a successful start with the eAWB last year in Munich. We will roll this out to all other German stations over the course of the year”, emphasized J. Florian Pfaff, Vice President Area Management Germany at Lufthansa Cargo. “It’s becoming increasingly obvious that digitizing the process chain benefits everyone – consignors, forwarders and airlines.”


The freight airline also announced the winners of the Lufthansa Cargo Quality Award for the German market for the fourth time. MT Logistik was named the forwarder with the best delivery quality in 2013. SDV Geis prevailed amongst the large forwarders with more than 10,000 air waybills per year. The Lufthansa Cargo Quality Award assesses different quality parameters such as compliance to booking specifications and delivery punctuality. 


Two further awards went to Quick Cargo Service (overall winner) and SDV Geis (category with over 10,000 air waybills per year). Both companies achieved outstanding results in the Quality Award and “e-Award” and were honored for their combined evaluation.


Lufthansa Cargo increases capacity utilisation in 2013

The capacity of Lufthansa Cargo aircraft was well utilised last year. Europe’s leading cargo airline increased its cargo load factor in 2013 to a very high 69.9%. Having transported 1.7 million tonnes of cargo and mail, tonnage almost equalled the previous year's level.


The past financial year was characterised by muted demand in global air freight markets, as in 2012. Lufthansa Cargo continued with its highly flexible and demand-oriented capacity management in this challenging environment. This allowed the company to boost load factors and remain one of the few profitable cargo airlines in the world. At the same time, Lufthansa Cargo continued to invest in its network for its customers. This included adding the Mexican metropolis of Guadalajara and the Peruvian capital Lima to the schedule.


“Lufthansa Cargo remains on course”, emphasized CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. “We are able to hold our own even in a difficult market environment and have laid the basis in 2013 for important developments in our company. If the welcome trends of recent weeks in global air cargo markets, particularly in Asia, continue then we can feel optimistic about the new year.”


Lufthansa Cargo will further modernize its freighter fleet in 2014. The company already accepted delivery of two brand new Boeing 777 freighters in November of last year. Another two of these modern, fuel-efficient aircraft will be handed over to the airline in the first six months of the current year. Other projects in the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future program will also be reaching important milestones this year. For example, the company’s IT landscape will be completely revamped.


The financial results for 2013 will be announced in March.

Lufthansa Cargo says hello with “Jambo Kenya”

Second Boeing 777 freighter reaches its Frankfurt Airport home


Just one week after a Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F made its maiden commercial flight, the second brand new "Triple Seven" in the Lufthansa livery has now arrived safely in Frankfurt as well. The Boeing 777F with the D-ALFB registration landed at Lufthansa Cargo’s home base on 27 November at 5:49 a.m. local time. The new aircraft has been christened “Jambo Kenya” (“Hello Kenya”), symbolising the significance of Africa as one of the most important growth markets for global air freight services. Lufthansa Cargo already flies to four destinations within the emerging continent at the moment.

The idea to give the aircraft the greeting “Jambo Kenya” originated from the winning idea in a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet in advance of the arrival of the 777. From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury with the involvement of the full Cargo Board opted for the central theme to “Say hello around the world”. Accordingly, all freighters in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet – both Boeing 777Fs and MD-11Fs – will henceforth be christened with greetings in more than 20 customary languages.  
The “Jambo Kenya” greeting also illustrates the special bond between the air freight carrier and Nairobi. Lufthansa Cargo not only flies four times a week to Kenya’s capital, but is also deeply socially rooted there. The Cargo Human Care aid project set up in 2004 by MD-11F fleet chief Fokko Doyen has been supporting orphaned children in Nairobi for years and providing medical assistance day after day with the cooperation of doctors from all over Germany.

The second Boeing 777F will make its maiden commercial flight to Chicago on 6 December. By investing in five brand new Boeing Triple Sevens as part of the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future programme, the cargo airline is not just focusing on modernisation but also growth. Each of these freighters can carry up to 103 tonnes of freight, transporting it non-stop for more than 9,000 km.

Second Relief Flight from Frankfurt for Disaster Victims in the Philippines

Lufthansa Cargo and “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” to fly almost 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Manila


Lufthansa Cargo and Germany’s Relief Coalition, “Aktion Deutschland Hilft”, are sending a second relief flight to the Philippines today to support the population affected by typhoon Haiyan. Europe’s leading freight airline is providing the aircraft for the special flight from Frankfurt to Manila free of charge. Flight LH 8476 will depart from Frankfurt Airport today at 12:40 and arrive in the Philippine capital Manila on Saturday 23 November at 11:15 (local time) following one technical stop in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The MD-11 freighter will be loaded with almost 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid provided by the various different organizations of Germany’s Relief Coalition, Aktion Deutschland Hilft. The organizations include action medeor, Workers’ Samaritan Federation Germany (ASB), HELP – help for self-help, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Malteser International and World Vision Germany. Lufthansa Cargo will be flying urgently required food packages, medical equipment, medicine, water treatment systems and tents to the crisis area for these organizations. The almost 60-tonne cargo will see Lufthansa transport more than double the quantity of humanitarian aid sent to the disaster area in the Philippines on its first relief flight with an Airbus A340-600 on 10 November. The pilots are highly committed to this relief flight and are flying the aircraft on their days off or even interrupting their vacations.

“Although the initial spotlight is already turning away, the situation in the areas destroyed by the typhoon in the Philippines are still in need of our urgent support,” stated Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “Humanitarian crises of this nature require relief as quickly as possible, something that only air freight can provide and it goes without saying that we at Lufthansa help where we can.” Lufthansa Cargo and “Aktion Deutschland Hilft”, have been working together closely for the past nine months under the motto “Gemeinsam schneller helfen” (“Providing faster aid together”) to be prepared in the event of natural disasters and enable the establishment of a swift logistics chain worldwide.

“The humanitarian aid that we are sending today is still urgently required by the people in the crises areas, as the need for emergency aid will remain acute in the Philippines for many weeks to come. We are extremely grateful to Lufthansa Cargo for supporting us with this free flight,” stressed Manuela Roßbach, CEO at Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

In Manila, freight forwarder Kühne + Nagel will work with the aid organizations on the ground to organize that the relief gets to the worst-affected regions as quickly as possible.

The Lufthansa Group has a long tradition of relief flights to countries affected by natural disasters, with Lufthansa Cargo also providing humanitarian aid flights following recent catastrophes such as the earthquake in Haiti, the flooding in Pakistan or the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

Lufthansa Cargo takes off for the future with new freighter

Europe’s leading cargo airline flies brand new Boeing 777F for the first time


History is repeating itself - 41 years after the maiden flight of the legendary jumbo freighter anywhere in the world, Lufthansa Cargo is again heralding a new era of flying with a flight to New York. Lufthansa Cargo’s first Boeing 777 freighter will take off on Tuesday evening for its first scheduled flight operation for Europe's leading cargo airline. Lufthansa Cargo has ordered a total of five brand new freighters from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing (with a list price of USD 270 million per plane). With this major investment, Lufthansa Cargo is focusing on growth and the modernisation of its fleet.

CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt underscored the importance of fleet investment at the welcome ceremony for the new aircraft: “The Boeing 777F is not only the most powerful, efficient and ecological freighter in the world but also a highly visible symbol of our ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ future programme.” Garnadt emphasised that the addition of the twin-engine Boeing freighter to the fleet was an important milestone “on our path to shaping a company for the next generation”. The airline devised a comprehensive future programme two years ago with the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” strategy. Some of the strategic projects are already in the implementation stage. Besides the modernisation of the freighter fleet, EUR 100 million is also being invested in new IT systems. In addition to this, Lufthansa Cargo is planning to build a new, efficient logistics centre in Frankfurt, is driving the digitalisation of the entire process chain and is working with partners at Frankfurt airport to strengthen Germany’s most important air cargo hub.

Boeing 777F to fly to the US initially

The first “Triple Seven” bearing the Lufthansa livery will be put into scheduled operation today for the first time. The final preparations needed have been ongoing since the aircraft landed on 9 November following a technical ferry flight from Everett/Washington. This has included, for example, the installation of an “electronic flight bag” system. This will ensure that all important information such as navigation charts can be accessed electronically in the cockpit.

The aircraft will make its maiden commercial flight to New York/JFK and then Atlanta in the US state of Georgia. Take Off will be at 5:50 pm tonight with flight number LH8170. The next destination of the Boeing 777F will be Chicago. “We are heralding a new era of flying at Lufthansa Cargo with the Boeing 777F”, emphasised CEO Garnadt. He stated that Lufthansa Cargo customers will benefit from the enormous range of the twin-engine aircraft. With a full payload of 103 tonnes, the aircraft 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 from Frankfurt to the world’s busiest cargo airport in Hong Kong, for example.

Less noise and fuel consumption
The fleet modernisation will also significantly reduce the environmental impact. Garnadt: “The specific CO2 emissions of the Boeing 777F are almost 20 per cent lower than those of our current MD-11 freighters. So we are taking the next big step towards achieving our ambitious environmental targets.” Lufthansa Cargo is aiming to reduce specific CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020.

The use of the “Triple Seven” is good news for those living close to airports as well. The brand new jet is significantly quieter than other freighters in its class and considerably reduces noise pollution. “We are sticking to our commitment to substantially reduce the noise level for local residents”, emphasised Garnadt.

The Lufthansa Cargo manager also highlighted the economic significance of the billion dollar investment – with each Boeing 777F carrying a list price of some USD 270 million: “The new aircraft will be permanently based in Frankfurt, by far our most important hub. Therefore, they are an important investment in the location and will secure hundreds of jobs, not just at Lufthansa Cargo but also in partner companies.”

Boeing christened “Good Day, USA”

The Boeing 777F bearing the registration D-ALFA is the first aircraft in the current fleet to be christened. A competition inviting ideas from the public for names for the Lufthansa Cargo fleet garnered great attention in recent weeks, particularly amongst aviation enthusiasts. The airline ran a creative competition online calling for names for all of the aircraft in Lufthansa Cargo’s fleet. More than 40,000 submissions were received within six weeks, far more potential names than there are civil aircraft operating in the sky worldwide. The aircraft will greet the cargo airline’s most important destination countries in their national languages in the future. The first “Triple Seven”, which will initially fly to destinations in the United States, has accordingly been christened “Good Day, USA”. The second 777 freighter is to be called “Jambo Kenya” and the third “Ni Hao, China”: “Our aircraft connect the world of business, bringing cities, countries and entire continents together”, said Karl Ulrich Garnadt. “We are underscoring this important role of civil aviation by providing a friendly, pleasant greeting to people at our most important flight destinations in their own language.”

Lufthansa Cargo's second Boeing 777F will be delivered at the end of November. Two further jets will follow in the first half of 2014 and a fifth in 2015. Lufthansa Cargo currently operates a freighter fleet of 18 of its own MD-11F aircraft. Garnadt emphasised that the new aircraft will facilitate growth and the modernisation of the fleet. According to current planning, the two oldest MD-11F will be withdrawn from the fleet during 2014.

Technical details of the Boeing 777F:

Total length: 63.7 m
Wingspan: 64.8 m
Tail height: 18.6 m
Load capacity in tonnes:  approx. 103
Range (when fully loaded): approx. 9,000 km
Max. takeoff weight: 347 tonnes
Cruising speed: approx. 896 km/h

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Typhoon ‘Haiyan’: Lufthansa Cargo to start second aid flight to the Philippines – Group collects donations

Cargo aircraft flies to disaster zone with 55 tonnes of relief supplies / Christoph Franz calls for donations from staff


Lufthansa Cargo is to launch an aid flight to the Philippines on 22 November at 12.40 p.m. The Lufthansa Group’s cargo airline will operate this special flight free of charge. Together with the ‘Aktion Deutschland Hilft’ emergency aid alliance and in partnership with other Group companies, Lufthansa Cargo is providing fast, pragmatic assistance for those severely affected by the typhoon. 
The Lufthansa Group has a long tradition of operating prompt and professional aid flights to crisis regions in the event of humanitarian catastrophes. Carrying around 55 tonnes of relief supplies, the MD-11 freighter from Lufthansa Cargo will bring more than twice the amount of cargo that was transported to the crisis-hit region by Lufthansa’s first special flight last week. The aid materials, including urgently needed food packages, medical supplies, water treatment plants and tents, was provided by various organisations within the ‘Aktion Deutschland Hilft’ emergency aid alliance – including World Vision, Malteser, Help and Action Medeor. The complex logistics in Manila will be handled by logistics group and close partner of Lufthansa Cargo, DHL, who, together with the aid organisations, will handle the prompt onward transport. Alongside Manila, DHL has had so-called catastrophe relief teams on the ground in the Cebu region for several days now. There, they are working pro bono to handle the incoming relief supplies. 
“Almost a week after the devastating typhoon, the need in the Philippines is still unimaginable,” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “Together with our partner, ‘Aktion Deutschland Hilft’, and the organisations involved, we want to provide the people on the ground with professional, pragmatic assistance. Prompt shipments by aircraft are essential for this.” 
The Lufthansa Cargo aid flight is already the second to be operated by a Lufthansa Group company within a very short space of time. Just a few days ago on 10 November, Lufthansa flew 25 tonnes of urgently needed relief supplies to Manila with an Airbus A340-600 passenger jet. On the initiative of a Lufthansa pilot who would have flown the empty aircraft to the Philippines for maintenance, the opportunity was quickly used for a life-saving mission. In an unparalleled measure, employees from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik made a voluntary commitment at the weekend to organise an aid package together with World Vision and I.S.A.R. Germany. 
Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “I would like to thank everyone who, with their great personal dedication, made this flight possible and ensured that the aid supplies arrived quickly at their destination.” At the same time, he called for donations to the HelpAlliance, the not-for-profit organisation run by Lufthansa employees and supported by the Group: “We have made a start, but hundreds of thousands of people still need help.” Donations will go to local organisations to help with reconstruction. The Lufthansa Group will match the amount donated by its employees. 
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eFreight: Lufthansa Cargo reaches another milestone on the route to paperless air freight

As of now, security data can be transferred electronically for shipments from Germany.


Paperless air freight is getting closer and closer for Lufthansa Cargo: As of now, consign-ment-specific security information can be sent by the customer to the freight airline elec-tronically. The electronic Consignment Security Declaration (eCSD) has been officially rec-ognised by the German Federal Aviation Office for transport from Germany.

The aim of introducing the eCSD is to provide evidence in electronic format that suitable measures have been applied to avoid risks in the transport of air freight and air mail. This contains information on how, when and by whom, among other things, a consignment has been secured.

The standardisation of this process and the digital documentation of the evidence replace redundant security information in a range of formats. After extensive tests carried out by Lufthansa Cargo in conjunction with Kühne + Nagel and the IATA airline association, there are no further obstacles in the way of electronic transmission of the security information.

"The successful piloting of the eCSD process represents a significant increase in the effi-ciency of air freight transport in Germany," reported Thilo Schäfer, Vice President of Global Handling Management at Lufthansa Cargo. "As all the information on the security measures taken is available in electronic form at all times, potential delays and disruptions in the transport process can be significantly reduced for all those involved in the eFreight initia-tive."

Lufthansa Cargo is one of the pioneers in the implementing of eFreight in the industry. By 2015, paperless air freight should be the standard for all possible Lufthansa Cargo connec-tions. 


Lufthansa Cargo records increase in load factor in challenging market

Cargo airline continues to invest in route network


In a challenging market environment, Lufthansa Cargo flew with fuller aircraft in the first nine months of the year. The cargo airline increased the load factor of its aircraft to 69.3 per cent.

The tonnage of freight and mail transported fell slightly in the first three quarters by 2.2 per cent. Lufthansa Cargo transported a total of around 1.3 million tons of airfreight. The airline originally expected demand to increase greatly in autumn of this year. The company met the situation in global airfreight markets, which continued to be challenging, with flexible capacity management, thereby boosting its load factor.

Lufthansa Cargo is one of the few cargo airlines to make targeted investments in new aircraft, modern technologies and its route network, even in the current market environment. As a result, the company is prepared for all market developments, even a long-anticipated upswing in demand, stressed Executive Board Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. “With the first Boeing 777 freighter, which will join our fleet in a few weeks, we are set to position ourselves even more strongly and with an even greater focus on the future. The Triple Seven is quieter, more economical and more reliable than any other freighter in its class. At the same time, starting in late October, we will offer our customers a very appealing winter flight schedule featuring 300 stations and high-frequency service to all of the world’s key airfreight markets.”

The financial results for the first nine months of the year will be announced on 31 October.

Lufthansa Cargo focuses on Latin America

Cargo airline adds Peruvian capital Lima to route network for its winter schedule


As of the start of its winter schedule for 2013 Lufthansa Cargo will be expanding its services in the growth market Latin America. Europe’s leading cargo airline will add the Peruvian capital Lima to its global route network on 27 October 2013. Its new service to Lima will be flown twice a week with MD-11 freighters. On Mondays and Fridays the outbound flight will be via Dakar (Senegal) and Manaus (Brazil) to Peru. The return journey to Frankfurt will include stops in Quito, capital of Ecuador, as well as in Aguadilla in Puerto Rico.

Peru’s strong economic development is boosted by numerous free trade agreements - also with the European Union - that became effective in March 2013. Lima is the country’s economic centre. The main exports of the up-and-coming South American country are fruit and vegetables – such as asparagus, mangos and berries. But significant air transport figures can also be expected for numerous non-perishable goods.

“The current market situation is rather challenging and still requires a disciplined cost and capacity management,” explains Dr. Andreas Otto, Executive Board Member of Lufthansa Cargo with responsibility for Product & Sales. “Nevertheless, for months we have successfully gained new market shares and made attractive additions to the route network for our customers, such as the destination Lima.“

In addition, Lufthansa Cargo is negotiating with the Chinese authorities in order to resume its service to the science hub Chongqing as of the end of October. The rapidly growing metropolis has a population of 32 million - the same number as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland put together. Chongqing was already served in the summer schedule for 2012, but dropped for the time being due to poor demand in winter 2012.

Lufthansa Cargo offers its customers connections to 304 destinations in 95 countries. A total of 57 cities are served by its freighters. In Asia Lufthansa Cargo offers freight connections to 24 destinations. The cargo airline’s North American schedule includes nine, that for Central and South America twelve cities. The Lufthansa subsidiary operates services from and to four cargo destinations on the African continent.

New "Triple Seven" bound for North America

Lufthansa Cargo launches a new era of aviation with the Boeing 777F


More modern, less noisy, more efficient:  As of November 2013, Lufthansa Cargo will be flying around the world with brand new Boeing 777 freighters. The first three destinations scheduled for the so-called "Triple Seven" evoke the pioneering spirit Lufthansa displayed when developing civilian air traffic across the Atlantic. Atlanta, Chicago, New York: Lufthansa Cargo's new Boeing 777F will initially be bound - just like 41 years ago - for North America. 

Flashback: On 19 April 1972 Lufthansa was the first airline world-wide to use the freighter version of the "jumbo" Boeing 747 - which was at the time also the largest civilian aircraft to go into serial production - for transporting cargo between Europe and the USA. With 73 tons of cargo and 
1.8 tons of mail on board, the four-engine Boeing 747-200F took off on its first scheduled flight from Frankfurt to New York. 
Four decades later, the new member of Lufthansa Cargo's fleet only needs two engines to connect Europe with the USA or Asia. The Boeing 777F is able to remain in the air for ten and a half hours with a payload of 103 tons. During that time it can fly over 9,000 kilometres non-stop. In addition, the aircraft meets the strictest noise protection standards in international civil aviation. This gives it maximum access to airports with strict noise regulations, bringing significant relief to people who live near airports.

"Thanks to its outstanding technical performance and reliability, the freighter is entering new dimensions. It also marks a milestone on our ambitious path to lowering specific emissions by 25 per cent until 2020", says Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations Lufthansa Cargo AG. Modernising the fleet is just one of six projects of the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future programme, by means of which Germany's largest freight airline wants to maintain and strengthen its position as the industry leader of the air cargo sector.  Lufthansa Cargo has invested in five new Triple Seven aircraft. The list price of the Boeing 777F is 270 million US dollars.

Lufthansa Cargo Supervisory Board extends Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht's contract

Member of the Executive Board Operations confirmed for another two years


Lufthansa Cargo AG’s Supervisory Board has extended the contract of Executive Board member Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht. The 57-year-old, who has headed Operations at Lufthansa Cargo AG since April 2011, has been reappointed for two more years until March 31, 2016. As Executive Board Member Operations, Dr. Rupprecht is responsible for the Flight Operations & Transport Management, Freight Handling and Security & Environmental Management divisions. Dr. Rupprecht was also responsible for the construction of the new Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCCneo), a flagship project of the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme.

Born in Kassel in 1955, the manager has been employed at Lufthansa for 25 years. After obtaining a mechanical engineering degree at Aachen Technical University, he was a senior engineer at the university's Hydraulics and Pneumatics Institute, where he earned his doctorate in 1988. 

Dr. Rupprecht joined Lufthansa in the same year, initially as an assistant to the Head of Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul in Frankfurt. Between 1989 and 1994, he held various managerial posts in the same division. At the beginning of 1995, Dr. Rupprecht moved to Hamburg as Corporate Manager in Corporate Development. In July 1995, he was appointed Deputy Head of Marketing and Sales at Lufthansa Technik. From October 2000 to September 2004, Dr. Rupprecht was Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH. He was subsequently appointed Head of Hub Management Frankfurt at Deutsche Lufthansa AG and was responsible for its major hub from October 2004 to March 2011.

The eAWB becomes reality

First paperless deliveries in Munich


Lufthansa Cargo in Munich took a big step towards a paperless future on Wednesday of last week when the first deliveries without AWB from selected customers were handled without difficulties as part of the eAWB rollout ex MUC. A new, customer-friendly process is being implemented in Munich for this, enabling practically all consignments to be delivered without AWB, regardless of destination. 

Once successfully stabilised, the eAWB will be extended on a broad scale to further customers. There has been a great response to date from customers to the new user-friendly process. Numerous forwarders have expressed an interest in being included in the data quality phase. During this period, Lufthansa Cargo and the customer will work to eliminate any lingering IT and process challenges.

Volumes are expected to rise to 45 per cent by the end of the year. 

"Name the plane": The countdown is on

Lufthansa Cargo publishes ten shortlisted themes


Otto Lilienthal, Golden Gate Bridge, Sirius – what will be the names of the new freighters in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet? The tension is mounting.

Late May saw the kick-off of Lufthansa Cargo’s “Name the plane” competition. Staff members, customers, aircraft lovers and creative heads world-wide gave free rein to their imagination. After a good 50 days the deadline for entries has now ended – with overwhelming results. More than 6,700 users were registered on the Internet portal and submitted over 2,700 themes. In total, over 41,000 individual names were suggested.

Halfway into the competition the list of names already surpassed all expectations. Lufthansa’s freight subsidiary could easily have renamed every single registered plane in the universe!

The ten best themes have now been selected and put on a shortlist:

1. Names of migratory birds
2. Wonders of the world 
3. Say hello around the world*/ “Hello” in different languages
4. Divas of the skies
5. Famous explorers
6. Global partners and major business partners of Lufthansa Cargo
8. German industry as a motor of the world
8. German aviation pioneers
9. The world’s most imposing and famous bridges
10. Names of very bright stars in the sky

In the next few weeks a jury consisting of the entire executive board of Lufthansa Cargo and chief pilot Claus Richter will select a winner from the ten entries. The winner can look forward to a very special invitation. He or she will be there when Lufthansa Cargo welcomes its first Boeing 777F in Frankfurt and one of the first to take a seat in the cockpit. 

For more information visit our portal

*In case of a win, both users will be awarded

Full aircraft at Lufthansa Cargo

Cargo airline increases load factor after six months


Lufthansa Cargo has considerably decelerated the decline in tonnage in the second quarter of the year. The company transported 0.8 per cent less cargo and mail in June than in the same month in 2012. There was a 3.5% decline for the first half of 2013 as a whole. In a challenging environment with weak demand and overcapacities in important air freight markets, Lufthansa Cargo has succeeded in bucking the overall market trend by increasing the capacity utilisation of its aircraft to a high level of 70.0 per cent. This has been made possible by flexible, demand-oriented capacity management.

“There are clear signs of the weak performance of the global economy in the level of demand”, said Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Karl Ulrich Garnadt in respect of the half-year figures. “The recent withdrawals of a number of cargo airlines from the market demonstrate the degree to which the air freight industry is struggling with this. Our strategy of securing the profitability of our routes through high capacity utilisation is proving successful in this environment.” At the same time, however, Garnadt announced that there will be further investment in the quality of the freighter network. For example, new routes to the US, South America and China are planned for the winter schedule. Lufthansa Cargo has already added the Mexican city of Guadalajara, with two weekly connections there since March of this year, and the airline has also slightly increased its offering in China again.

The financial results for the first six months of the year will be announced on 2 August.

Please find the detailed results here.

A sky-high record: 31,000 ideas

Lufthansa Cargo’s creative competition garners more aircraft names than there are jets operating in the sky

Lufthansa Cargo has sparked an online furore with its “Name the plane” creative campaign. Three weeks after the open competition for ideas began, Germany’s largest cargo airline has already received 31,000 suggested names for its fleet of aircraft. Aviation fans and creative types all over the world have actually submitted more potential names on the portal than there are aircraft operating in the sky. The global fleet of all civil aircraft was put at 25,378 in the latest World Airliner Census conducted by Flight International magazine.

 The campaign was prompted by the upcoming delivery of the first brand new Boeing 777F freighter, which Lufthansa Cargo is expecting to arrive in Frankfurt in October. The Lufthansa subsidiary is planning to christen its entire fleet in honour of this – and has put its faith in the wisdom of the masses: "We are overwhelmed by all the creative submissions – and also by how many people worldwide want to give our aircraft distinctive names. We feel we’ve been proved absolutely right to include people interested in air freight in this fascinating project", said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Operations Director at Lufthansa Cargo.

The new “Name the plane” portal has been publicised in a number of ways, including via social channels such as Facebook, and has already received more than 100,000 hits at this halfway point in the creative competition. The entries to date not only demonstrate fantastic interest, but also limitless imagination. Whether constellations, oceans or famous skyscrapers as aircraft names – once the deadline for submissions (15 July 2013) has passed, a top-class jury of all four Lufthansa Cargo Directors and chief pilot Claus Richter will decide on the names. The winner of "Name the plane" will travel as a VIP guest with a companion to the emotional roll-in ceremony for the brand new freighter. The new name will only be revealed at the ceremony to handover the aircraft to Lufthansa Cargo – and the winner will be one of the first to sit in the captain’s seat.

Lufthansa Cargo honours DHL

Cargo airline presents "Planet Award of Excellence" in recognition of outstanding cooperation


The logistics group DHL has received the "Planet Award of Excellence" for the first time. Lufthansa Cargo, Germany’s largest cargo airline, traditionally awards the accolade for outstanding cooperation with its most important customers. On the occasion of this year’s Global Partner Council, Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt joined with Board Member Product and Sales Dr. Andreas Otto in awarding the prize to Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Global Express, Ingo-Alexander Rahn, Head of Global Air Freight DHL Global Forwarding and Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Global Network Operations, DHL Express.

Garnadt emphasised: “DHL and Lufthansa Cargo have been very successful partners for many years. We are proud of having been able to achieve stable tonnages with our largest customer in the world, even in what was a difficult 2012. Both companies are linked by more than just a customer-supplier relationship - our joint cargo airline, AeroLogic, is a success story that nobody in our industry has been able to repeat to date.” The joint venture of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo flies with eight Boeing 777 freighters to more than 20 destinations for both companies.

Dr. Andreas Otto also emphasised the pursuit of better performance that unites both DHL and Lufthansa Cargo: “Our common understanding of quality is essential to our success. Thanks to close, trusting cooperation, we have achieved considerable improvements for our shared customers in respect of themost important topics in our industry, such as new security requirements, environmental management and the expansion of eFreight.” Dr. Andreas Otto highlighted the intensive cooperation in respect of “global mail” also, another DHL business area.

Ken Allen from DHL Express also emphasised the success of the close cooperation between both logistics companies: “We are really delighted to have received such a renowned award from one of our most important partners. The cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo has consistently evolved over recent years. We want to continue this success and further develop our shared business, whether in our joint venture AeroLogic or the conventional airfreight business.”

Ingo-Alexander Rahn added: “Our partnership with Lufthansa Cargo allows us to build on a stable and successful business relationship. At the same time, however, we also want to take new paths together and drive innovation and the digitalisation of our joint processes. A successful partnership with a leading airline also helps us to take courageous, forward-looking decisions.”

The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Program is an important platform for sustainable growth. The eleven Global Partners, namely Agility, CEVA, Dachser, Expeditors, DB Schenker, DHL Global Forwarding, Hellmann, Kühne+Nagel, Panalpina, UPS and Uti, account for around half of Lufthansa Cargo’s turnover. The Global Partner Council is an annual top-level meeting of the world’s leading forwarders with board members and top management at Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Cargo flies Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull space capsule

“Stratos” space capsule leaves the Californian desert for Salzburg, Austria


From air freight to space freight - Lufthansa Cargo flew the Red Bull “Stratos” space capsule from Los Angeles to Frankfurt at the weekend. In October 2012, Austrian extreme sport legend Felix Baumgartner jumped out of this very capsule from a height of almost 128,000 feet. In collaboration with the “Schaefer Trans Inc.” transportation company, the flying machine was moved on a flat-bed trailer from the facility of the “Sage Cheshire Aerospace” manufacturer in the Californian desert to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The 1.45-tonne capsule was then reloaded onto a Boeing 777F of AeroLogic, a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.

Following the transatlantic flight to Frankfurt, the space capsule was reloaded onto a special flat-bed trailer and transported to Salzburg. The capsule and the spacesuit worn by Felix Baumgartner will be displayed alongside other flying machines and sports cars in Hangar-7, Red Bull's own aircraft museum in Salzburg Airport, in the future.

The safe transport of the space capsule was the main concern of Arthur Thompson, Project Manager and CEO of manufacturer Sage Cheshire Aerospace. “The biggest challenge is getting such a big object to its destination in one piece”, explained Thompson. “Thanks to our many years of experience with vehicle prototypes built by us and shipped to Europe with Lufthansa Cargo, I know that the company is very well equipped to handle large, heavy and especially irreplaceable cargo.”

Austrian Felix Baumgartner ascended into the stratosphere in the space capsule on 14 October 2012 with the aid of a helium balloon. From a height of 24,214 miles, he free fell towards the earth at speeds of up to 843.6 mph, setting multiple records in the process. Besides achieving the record for the highest altitude jump, Baumgartner was also the first person to break the sound barrier in a free fall. The jump was broadcast live on various media channels and on television worldwide and is considered one of the most successful marketing campaigns of all time.

Looking for creative aircraft names

Lufthansa Cargo launches competition for ideas on naming aircraft in the fleet


Passenger aircraft at Lufthansa have for years been flying the globe with the names of cities or federal states in Germany emblazoned on their fuselage.  From autumn 2013, all the aircraft in the fleet of the Lufthansa subsidiary will be named as well, but in a very special way. In an open and international competition, the cargo carrier is inviting people across the globe to suggest an aircraft naming suiting their own personal preference.  Whatever their choice “be it the name of a country, of a mountain range or of famous artists - let fantasy fly,” said Captain Claus Richter, Vice President Transport Management & Flight Operations at Lufthansa Cargo.

The naming ceremony for a first aircraft in the fleet will be held at the end of October, when Lufthansa Cargo takes delivery of the first of five brand-new Boeing 777 freighters.  All the other freighters joining the fleet as well as the existing MD-11Fs will be named, subsequently, and then fly the world as special ambassadors with a freshly painted name on their fuselage.  

The winner in the creative competition, to be adjudged by an expert jury from Lufthansa Cargo, will be invited to an exciting event trip to Frankfurt. Not only will the winner be a VIP guest at the welcome ceremony for the first Boeing 777F on its delivery,  he or she will also be one of the first people to take a seat in the cockpit of the most efficient freighter of its class.  

The ideas competition will run up to 15 July  2013. Ideas can be submitted and previous suggestions viewed on the new Lufthansa Cargo  “Name the plane“ portal (

Lufthansa Cargo quickens the pace with eFreight

Cargo carrier signs worldwide agreement with International Air Transport Asssociation (IATA) on the use of electronic Airway Bill


Lufthansa Cargo is pushing the electronic Air Waybill (eAWB). The cargo carrier signed an agreement with IATA this week enabling electronic Air Waybills to be used significantly easier and more efficiently in future. 

Paperless airfreight is set to become more convenient especially for customers of Lufthansa Cargo. Following the new IATA multilateral electronic air waybill standard, forwarders need to sign only one agreement with IATA to gain acceptance from multiple carriers for their eAWB. All signatory airlines are then automatically included in the accord. The agreement spells out clear rules on the usage of the eAWB and renders complex bilateral eAWB agreements on legal aspects and interfaces between carriers and freight forwarders unnecessary. 

Lufthansa Cargo has been a key influencer in pushing the initiative and has tested its practical viability in a trial run since last November. “This industry-wide agreement is a major milestone on the road towards a completely paperless air cargo transport,” emphasized Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman Karl Ulrich Garnadt. “Both our customers and we as an airline will profit from easier utilisation of the eAWB as well as from more efficient and faster processes.” Lufthansa Cargo plans to switch entirely to the use of eAWB by 2015. In the course of this year the eAWB is to become standard for transports from all German stations to all destinations in the global network of Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Cargo has for years spearheaded migration to paperless airfreight in the industry. More than 60 of its customers, worldwide, have already signed up to using the eAWB. 

Forwarders again rate Lufthansa Cargo as best European airfreight carrier

Cargo airline defends title at the ”Cargo Airline of the Year Awards“


A familiar scenario in London: As in previous years at the “Cargo Airline of the Year Awards“, Lufthansa Cargo has again been voted Europe’s best cargo carrier. The customers in the airfreight industry, who were questioned in the ballot, thereby confirmed their high regard for Germany’s biggest freight airline.  

The British Air Cargo Media Group has conferred the prestigious award for 30 years. “This renewed distinction bears out the constant high quality which we offer to our customers,” noted  Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy, Malta, UK & Ireland, who  accepted the award at the presentation ceremony in London.  He added: “We will do our utmost to continue pursuing that objective. We are systematically investing further in our products, our network and, above all, our quality in order to make our services even more attractive to customers.“

Carsten Wirths, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Europe & Africa, attributed the reason for the accolade especially to the airline’s policy of staying right up close to customers in the air cargo business. “With more than 110 stations across Europe, we lay on the best connections from all relevant airfreight markets. Together with intensive and professional support, we furnish shippers from every industry with the assurance that their urgent freight is delivered safe, intact and on time at its destination.“ 

Lufthansa Cargo presents plans for green airfreight

Third Climate Care Conference in Frankfurt attracts 200 guests


At its third Climate Care Conference in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Cargo reaffirmed its ambitious plans to reduce sustainably the impact of its activities on the environment. Addressing 200 representatives at the conference from the logistics business, the scientific community and the media, Board Member Operations Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht emphasised Lufthansa Cargo’s pioneering role in green logistics: “We are on track with our ambitious aim of reducing specific emissions by a fourth by 2020 and have already achieved the first ten percentage points towards that objective. We are working on numerous measures and literally leaving no stone unturned - in our flight operations alone, we have developed more than 50 measures to curb the fuel burn of our aircraft.”

The venue for the conference, attended by leading climate researchers like Mojib Latif, was a fitting choice: The Frankfurt Senckenberg Museum of Natural History with its large dinosaurs and concurrent climate exhibition illustrating the rich biodiversity of life on earth and the changes the planet has undergone over millions of years.

The speakers concurred in underlining the impact the logistics industry has on the environment. The industry was equally unanimous in advocating even greater commitment to the goal of more environment-friendly aviation. Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht urged the attendees to step up their common efforts: “Only when all partners in the transport chain as well as scientists and politicians pull together will we have the best chance of massively reducing the burden on the environment.”

Transparency must be vastly improved so that transport decisions can be influenced more in future by their impact on the environment, said Dr. Rupprecht. Comparability between the airlines is often difficult. Not every carrier, for example, releases data on specific emissions. 

Dr. Rupprecht is expecting a substantial reduction in specific emissions at Lufthansa Cargo from the coming winter when the first two of five Boeing 777 freighters on its order books are sched-uled to enter into service. The most efficient and quietest freighter of its class generates around 20 per cent fewer emissions than the existing MD-11 freighters in the fleet. 

The Frankfurt conference was also the venue again for the presentation of this year’s Climate Care Awards. Under the motto “More ideas for less emissions”, the cargo carrier confers the environmental awards on company customers and members of the staff for notable contributions to environmental protection. 

First prize in the customer category went to the Hellmann logistics services company for the suc-cessful use of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) engines in its fleet of vehicles. Other customer awards for environmental commitment went to the Austrian forwarder Gebrüder Weiss GmbH and the Group 7 international logistics company from Munich.

In the staff category, Oliver Schatz and Dieter Aulehla from the Lufthansa Cargo logistics center in Frankfurt took first prize for an innovative application with SmartPads. Their use of the mini-computers in freight handling will save more than 350,000 sheets of paper each year in Frankfurt alone. 

Responsibility for the climate and the environment is inherent in the corporate culture across the entire Lufthansa Group. Alongside its ongoing participation in climate research projects over the past 20 years and long-term trials with biosynthetic kerosene, the Group is currently engaged on a fuel efficiency project aimed at utilising every possible option of reducing the fuel consumption of aircraft and the concomitant CO2-emissions.

More information at

Lufthansa Cargo lifts utilisation

Cargo carrier continues cautious capacity management in first quarter


Lufthansa Cargo raised utilisation of its aircraft a further step up in the first quarter. In a difficult market environment, the cargo carrier appreciably scaled back capacity by 7.4 per cent. Since sales fell by a lesser 5.9 per cent, the load factor improved by more than one percentage point to 71.4 per cent.

Overall, Lufthansa Cargo carried around 400,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first quarter of the year – a decline of 7.2 per cent compared with the year-earlier level.

In the course of the year, Lufthansa Cargo is expecting a marked pick-up in demand, as Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt emphasised: “We intend to utilise market opportunities and grow profitably again. To that end, we are investing in our route network and making our services even more attractive to customers.”

In March this year, Lufthansa Cargo commenced twice-weekly connections to Guadalajara in Mexico. The cargo carrier has also marginally stepped up services to China again in the summer flight schedules after cutting back capacity in a difficult market on that route in the past few months. It is now operating an additional freighter service weekly to Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The financial results for the first three months of the year will be published on 2 May.

Airfreight as a multimedia experience

Lufthansa Cargo presents award-winning customer magazine "planet" in new app format


Lufthansa Cargo is driving digital communications energetically forward. In the new app of its “planet“ customer magazine, Germany’s biggest cargo carrier is offering more multimedia content than ever before. With emotional videos, intriguing reportage photos and interactive infographics, Lufthansa Cargo is presenting airfreight in a particularly vivid form. The latest issue of the magazine focuses on the tighter security regulations in the airfreight industry, which come into force in Europe on 29 April, and which confront the logistics industry with immense challenges. 

Alongside the print magazine, the new app for mobile devices is assuming growing importance: “The boom in tablet computers and the immediate availability of online con-tent are rapidly changing the world of communications. That is why we are offering the fascina-tion of airfreight in an entirely new form in emotional videos and photos in our prize-winning magazine“, said Matthias Eberle, Director Communications of Lufthansa Cargo, and he added: “Our aim is to give customers a closer and more immediate experience of exciting developments at our Company.”

At the highly coveted Mercury Excellence Awards in New York, one of the most prestigious competitions for publications from the world of PR and corporate communications, the “planet” customer magazine was acclaimed on the international stage. Lufthansa Cargo took Gold for the web-based variant of its magazine. The newly launched "planet" app for tablet computers was awarded the special “Honors” prize.

More than 2,000 readers have already downloaded the first two issues of the digital version of Lufthansa Cargo’s ”planet“ magazine. The app variant is available free in English and German for iPad users in the app store on iTunes. Other tablet users can access it on GooglePlay. The web variant as well as links to the respective app stores are, as usual, available for download at 

Lufthansa Cargo hosting third Cargo Climate Care Conference

Logistics industry and science discuss challenges for environment-friendly airfreight


Lufthansa Cargo is staging its third Climate Care Conference this year. Expected to attend the event at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt on 24 April are some 200 representatives from the logistics business, the political and scientific community.

Up for debate on the conference agenda are environmental issues in the air traffic and logistics industry. Prestigious speakers, including the noted climate researcher Mojib Latif, will present and discuss climate trends at talks and panel discussions at the Senckenberg Museum. The challenges for environment-friendly logistics will be debated on the basis of diverse future scenarios mapping the development of the global economy.

The conference will also be the setting for presentation of the 2013 Climate Care Awards. Lufthansa Cargo confers the awards on customers and staff for outstanding service to the environments. The motto for the accolades is “More Ideas for Less Emissions“.

“Air freight is indispensable to the global economy and it is our responsibility to operate transports as environment-friendly as possible,” observes Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management at Lufthansa Cargo. “We bring leading climate researchers together with the logistics industry at our Cargo Climate Care Conference. The exchange of ideas and experiences as well as an open and critical debate at the conference are the key to further improving environmental management throughout our entire industry”.

Attendance at the conference is free for representatives of the logistics industry. More information and a registration form can be obtained from:

Responsibility for the climate and the environment is shared across the entire Lufthansa Group. Alongside its engagement in climate research projects over the past 20 years and long-term trials with biosynthetic kerosene, the Group is currently focusing on a fuel efficiency project aimed at harnessing every possible option for reducing fuel consumption and the concomitant CO2 emissions.
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Lufthansa Cargo flies again into profit zone

Cargo carrier posts operating profit of 104 million euros / “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme sets major milestones


With an operating profit of 104 million euros, Lufthansa Cargo AG has underlined its leading role in the global air freight industry. Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt presented healthy results for the 2012 business year in Frankfurt and noted the significant progress made by the cargo carrier with its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme. The innovative thrust of the airline will be singularly evidenced by delivery of two brand-new Boeing 777 freighters in autumn. The cargo carrier is anticipating a rise in profits in 2013.

Lufthansa Cargo remained in the profit zone again in 2012. “The results show that we can defend our outstanding position in the international air freight industry even in difficult conditions,“ emphasised Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt, presenting the annual results in Frankfurt. In common with the air freight industry generally, the Company had to contend with an extremely difficult market environment last year: Demand declined in all the major markets. Lufthansa Cargo reacted by pursuing flexible and demand-driven capacity management. “That was the only way for us to keep the capacity utilisation and profitability of our flights at a high level and be one of few cargo airlines, worldwide, to return a profit again in 2012.” During the year, Lufthansa Cargo returned an operating result of 104 million euros (2011: 249 million euros). Owing to disciplined capacity steering, revenues fell below the year-earlier level of 2.9 billion euros to 2.7 billion euros. 


Despite the global decline in demand, the Lufthansa air cargo subsidiary invested with a wide-ranging programme in the future. With six ambitious projects initiated in its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” strategy, the cargo carrier is set on securing and expanding its lead in the air freight industry. The construction of a new logistics center at the Frankfurt hub and huge capital expenditure agreed last year on a leading-edge IT landscape “signal the Company’s path into the future”, says Karl Ulrich Garnadt. A further milestone will be achieved with the delivery of the first two of five Boeing 777 freighters on order in autumn 2013: “The 777 is the most efficient freighter of its class – and both within and without the most visible sign of our renewal. The low fuel consumption and high efficiency of the type will strengthen us in competition and will, moreover, through lower emissions ease the impact on the environment.” Furthermore, the new aircraft type is much quieter than other freighters. That, not least, will be beneficial for nearby residents, especially at Frankfurt Airport. 


Lufthansa Cargo is currently making intensive preparations for the introduction of the new aircraft type into the fleet. Production of the first of the new freighters will commence at the Boeing plant at Everett near Seattle in the next few weeks. The first of Lufthansa Cargo’s pilots have, simultaneously, begun training for the type in the Triple Seven flight simulator.


“Top quality distances us clearly from the competition”


Fleet renewal is also furthering the ambitious quality objectives of Lufthansa Cargo. “Sustainable quality improvement enjoys the utmost priority, since it distances us clearly from the competition,” observed Chairman Karl Ulrich Garnadt. In order to realize that aim, Germany’s biggest cargo carrier has initiated a broad quality offensive. Already in 2012, the airline vastly improved key quality parameters, such as on-time performance: Its MD-11F fleet is currently the most punctual of its kind in the world. That is reflected in customer satisfaction, which reached an all-time high in 2012. 


Sustained profitability is an essential prerequisite for successful implementation of the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 investment and strategy programme, noted Dr. Martin Schmitt, who assumed responsibility for Finance and Human Resources on the Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board in January 2013: “We will, therefore, continue to work hard on improving our earnings and our cost base.” The Group-wide SCORE programme will especially drive us forward in that direction, said Dr. Schmitt. Its aim is to raise earnings sustainably by 70 million euros compared to 2011 by 2015.


A positive contribution also came in 2012 from Lufthansa Cargo’s equity stakes, for example, in the Jettainer global ULD management company or the successful joint venture in the PACTL air freight terminal in Shanghai. The Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency, which took over charter business in 2001, is to be integrated in Lufthansa Cargo AG in April this year. The new structure will make the organization leaner and, simultaneously, capable in future of delivering fast and flexible charter solutions. 


Positive Outlook for 2013


In the wake of the global decline in demand in 2012, Lufthansa Cargo is anticipating a more positive trend in the air freight markets in 2013. A perceptible recovery in demand is expected at the latest in the second half-year. In this market environment, Lufthansa Cargo will continue to steer capacity in accordance with demand so as to stabilise utilisation and average yields. The Company is likely to increase capacity marginally in the single-digit percentage range in comparison with the previous year. It is expecting operating profits to be in the region of three-digit millions again in 2013 and higher than in the previous year. 


Key figures in fiscal 2012:

Lufthansa Cargo   2012 2011 Change in %
Revenue In €m 2,688 2,943 -8.7
Operating profit In €m 104 249 -58.2
Operating margin In % 3.9 8.5 -4.6PP.
Employees as of 31.12. Number 4,606 4,624 -0.4
Freight and mail In m tonnes 1.724 1.885 -8.5
Available tonne-kilometres In millions 12,532 13,647 -8.2
Revenue tonnes-kilometres In millions 8,727 9,487 -8.0
Cargo load factor In % 69.6 69.5 0,1PP.

Lufthansa Cargo re-organises charter business

Cooperation with charter broker Chapman Freeborn


Lufthansa Cargo is re-organising its charter business with effect from 1 April. The cargo carrier’s charter activities, previously in the hands of the Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency subsidiary, will then be integrated in the line organisation of Lufthansa Cargo.


The chartering of Lufthansa Cargo’s own cargo aircraft for special transports will remain part of the core business. Contact partners for customers will be available at Lufthansa Cargo sales offices, worldwide. The dedicated competence centers will support specific customers operating in such areas as valuable freight. The new set-up will in future enable the Company to address even more individually the specific requirements of complex charter transports. 


Cooperation with the world’s leading charter broker Chapman Freeborn will strengthen the marketing of own aircraft capacities available at short notice. A contract on cooperation in the charter business will be signed by representatives of Lufthansa Cargo and Chapman Freeborn later this week.


Customers will also benefit from the cooperative tie-up on charter contracts, which Lufthansa Cargo does not handle with its own aircraft. For such transports, Chapman Freeborn with its 35 offices, worldwide, will be available as partner to customers of Lufthansa Cargo. 


“We will continue offering customers flexible and high-value charter solutions in the future,” emphasised Lufthansa Board Member Product and Sales Dr. Andreas Otto. “With the newly adapted structure, we are leaner and more focused, and can offer our own aircraft even easier and faster. Moreover, with Chapman Freeborn, the world’s leading aircraft charter specialist, we have gained a new and strong partner.”


Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn, underlined: “We’re delighted to cooperate with 

Lufthansa Cargo as one of the world’s leading cargo carriers. Our joint customers will benefit from this cooperation and can be sure of finding the right charter solution, anytime.”&nb

Lufthansa Cargo voted best international freight carrier

US forwarders association acclaims German airline


The quality offensive of Lufthansa Cargo is reaping rewards. The carrier has been voted the best international freight airline by its customers in the US. The acclamation pitching Lufthansa Cargo at the peak of the industry came at the annual general meeting in Las Vegas of the Airforwarders Association, an alliance of forwarders in the United States.

Germany’s biggest cargo carrier scored highly in numerous categories. In their vote, the forwarders rate carriers according to categories such as their customer service, on-time performance, reliability and security processes.

Achim Martinka, Vice President The Americas, expressed thanks on behalf of all Lufthansa Cargo staff at the Las Vegas ceremony:  “This accolade is a great reward for the daily efforts put in by our team – and, moreover, a huge incentive to continue working on further improvement of our services and performance“.

The prize, awarded for the third time, has been won twice by Lufthansa Cargo. The German cargo carrier is market leader in terms of tonnage on the North Atlantic. Aside from offering capacities on scheduled passenger flights, Lufthansa Cargo operates additional two-way freighter services to seven cities in the USA.

Lufthansa Cargo with new services to Guadalajara

Cargo carrier strengthens presence in growth market Mexico


Lufthansa Cargo is laying on new MD-11 freighter services to Guadalajara in Mexico from 2 March 2013. The cargo airline will then be connecting the metropolis in the Mexican highlands with the Frankfurt hub. The twice-weekly flights ex Frankfurt are routed via Chicago and Mexico City and will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flights (also with a stopover in the USA), are on Thursdays and Sundays.

Guadalajara has evolved into a major business centre, especially for high-tech companies in the electronics and information technology sector. Over the past ten years, more than 600 companies from the high-tech sector have established bases in the region. The automotive industry has also found the region around Guadalajara an ideal location for production plants.

Agriculture is a key factor in the export business in the million-plus City, 500 kilometers west of Mexico City. More than half the farm produce in Mexico stems from the northwest of the Country.

“Industry in the Guadalajara region has grown tremendously in the past few years,“ noted Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product & Sales Dr. Andreas Otto. “With the new services, we are strengthening our presence in the Mexican growth market and making our global route network even more attractive to our customers.” 

In the summer flight schedule beginning on 31 March, Lufthansa Cargo is offering connections to 317 destinations in 106 countries. A total of 48 cities, mostly in Asia, will be served with freighter flights. In Asia Lufthansa Cargo will be offering freighter connections to 25 destinations. Eight cities in North America will be served by freighters and nine in Latin America. Included in the Lufthansa Cargo timetable are also four freighter destinations in Africa.

Lufthansa Cargo Supervisory Board extends contract of Karl Ulrich Garnadt

Chairman and CEO confirmed in office for further three-year term


The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG has prolonged the contract of Karl Ulrich Garnadt. At the company helm since January 2011, Karl Ulrich Garnadt has been re-appointed as Chairman and CEO for a further three years up to December 2016. In confirming his tenure, the Supervisory Board has ensured continuity at the head of the Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board at the earliest possible date.

Karl Ulrich Garnadt (born 1957) has been at Lufthansa for more than 33 years. Since completing training as a commercial airline trainee, he has held a variety of posts in Controlling, Network and Route Planning and Product Management.

In October 2004, Karl Ulrich Garnadt was appointed Group Representative and Head of Hub Management Munich. In that position, he was responsible for station management, commercial management, ground services and processes as well as for the ongoing development of the Munich hub.

From January 2007 to December 2010, Karl Ulrich Garnadt served as a member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board. As Head of Hub Management and Passenger Services on the Board, he was responsible for cabin crew, hub management at Frankfurt and Munich, network planning and management, and the other German stations with their direct services.

Providing faster aid together: Lufthansa Cargo and Aktion Deutschland Hilft commence cooperation on aid relief

Agreements signed with Germany’s relief coalition - Aktion Deutschland Hilft and World Vision Germany Frankfurt


Lufthansa Cargo is engaging in close cooperation in future with the alliance of Germany’s relief coalition “Aktion Deutschland Hilft“ in order to facilitate fast delivery of relief supplies in devastating humanitarian catastrophes. Representatives of those organisations penned a cooperation agreement at Frankfurt Airport today. Patron of the cooperation project is Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer. 

“In natural catastrophes be they devastating earthquakes, tsunamis or tornados the paramount priority is to save human lives – every hour counts, especially in organising humanitarian logistics,” pointedly remarks Rudi Frick, Chairman of Aktion Deutschland Hilft. “In the provision of aid to the stricken population, it helps immensely, if aid organisations and logistics operators work smoothly together, coordinating their processes to ensure their services are instantly available, whenever needs dictate.” The agreement signed today sets the norm for effective disaster relief from Germany. 

Patron Ramsauer welcomed the accord: “Logistics plays a key role in humanitarian aid. This cooperation is, therefore, good news from Germany to the victims of catastrophes, wherever they occur in the world, and signals that German logistics providers are measuring up to their corporate responsibilities.” 

Transporting relief supplies is nothing new to Lufthansa Cargo. The cargo carrier has in past repeatedly supported aid organisations in catastrophes. “Time is the crucial factor in getting help to the victims of disasters. Fast transport of relief aid is essential. Through cooperation with Aktion Deutschland Hilft, we can in future ensure that assistance arrives faster and more effectively, where it is most urgently needed,” observed Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. 

After the signing ceremony, Rudi Frick and Karl Ulrich Garnadt unveiled an MD-11 freighter bearing the logo of the aid alliance, which will serve as the flying ambassador of the cooperation around the globe. The freighter, with “Aktion Deutschland Hilft“ lettered all of eight metres along its fuselage, will in future spread the message in services in Lufthansa Cargo’s worldwide route network.  Thanks to this cooperation with Aktion Deutschland Hilft, the 22 memberorganisations of the alliance can utilise the logistics expertise and efficiency of Lufthansa Cargo on their mercy missions around the world. Among those organisations is World Vision Germany, which played an influential part in the conclusion of the cooperation accord and which signed a separate agreement of its own. 

“Many relief supplies can be obtained in the regions even after catastrophes. But air transport has a key role to play when medical supplies, water treatment plants and the likes cannot be furnished locally,” notes Christoph Waffenschmidt, Chairman World Vision Germany. Speed is then of the essence. “Aid organisations, like World Vision, are able to dispatch relief teams to areas hit by catastrophes, at any time. Now, with a highly professional partner, we are even better prepared logistically to furnish prompt aid, that much faster.”

1000 tonnes of roses on board

Lufthansa Cargo transports millions of flowers for Valentine’s Day


Lufthansa Cargo is flying millions of red roses on fully-laden freighters to Europe in time for bumper sales at high-street florists on Valentine’s Day on 14 February. All told in the next few days, the cargo carrier will be shipping to Frankfurt around 1000 tonnes of lovers’ tokens from Africa and South America.

The major countries exporting roses are Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador. Lufthansa Cargo serves all three of the exporting nations with several freighter services weekly from its Frankfurt hub. For Valentine’s Day, normal frequencies on the route will be upped by several extra flights in order to accommodate huge demand. Flowers need to be transported fast and with extra care. Lufthansa Cargo has developed a special product, Fresh/td, for the transport of perishable goods with an own competence team taking care of the sensitive shipments.

The airline’s sophisticated logistics with cooling systems in the cargo hold and, not least, the expertise of the growers in the exporting countries, ensure that the roses arrive fresh and crispy at their destination.

Immediately after they are harvested by the growers, the flowers are dispatched on the fastest route to be packaged and loaded straight into the holds of the cargo airline’s freighters. That way, they land in all their splendor at Frankfurt Airport. Their transport to onward destinations across Europe is coordinated at the hub of Lufthansa Cargo.

Aside from Nairobi and Bogota, a notable share of the total of rose shipments reaches Frankfurt from Ecuador’s capital Quito, known as the City of Eternal Spring. The constantly mild climate furnishes overseas rose producers with ideal conditions for cultivating flowers, which are in bloom throughout the year so that buyers in Europe can be sure of fresh supplies in any season. Although they are transported by air, imported flowers are more environment-friendly than those cultivated in Europe, since the latter, according to a study from Britain’s Cranfield University, require artificial irrigation and heated greenhouses, which generate more carbon emissions.

ITG wins Quality Award from Lufthansa Cargo

Airline’s first competition to incentivise usage of electronic channels


The ITG logistics services provider has landed by a large margin the Quality Award from Lufthansa Cargo. The Munich-based company achieved the highest booking quality and lowest no-show rate of all the forwarders participating in the competition. Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Area Management Germany J. Florian Pfaff presented the award at the cargo carrier’s annual conference for the Association of German Fowarders and Logistics Operators (DSLV).

ITG branch managers in Frankfurt and Munich, Luigi Petrelli und Ralph Biller, accepted the award at the presentation. “The Quality Award is a mark of distinction for all the staff of ITG,“ emphasised Ralph Biller. “Together with our partners, we are committed to delivering the highest quality, daily. This accolade shows that we are on the right track.” Luigi Petrelli added: “It will spur us to continue working hard in this direction and firmly pursuing our objectives."

The quality initiative of Lufthansa Cargo is ostensibly bearing fruit. The quality level of the front runners in the competition and the general level was unprecedently high in 2012.  "Peak quality is only possible in the interaction between forwarder, shipper and airline,“ observed J. Florian Pfaff. “Quality throughout the logistics chain profits from that,“ he emphasised.

Lufthansa Cargo conferred the Quality Award for the third time in the German market. Performance is judged on the basis of diverse quality parameters, such as compliance to delivery specifications and punctual delivery. 

Runner-up to ITG was Quick Cargo Service (QCS), followed by the logistics services provider Steck. Among the forwarders with “more than 10,.000 AWBs“ Streck took the honours, followed by Geis/SDV and Dachser. 

At the meeting, J. Florian Pfaff announced that Lufthansa Cargo is conferring a further award this year alongside its quality prize: The winner will come from among Lufthansa Cargo’s 40 biggest customers in the German market. The aim of the new award is to encourage greater utilization of digital processes in transactions between forwarders and the airline. Among the criteria for the award is a company’s electronic bookings rate as a percentage of the total and its use of eFreight. 

The background to this initiative: Paperless processes not only save costs, they also improve process quality by avoiding the errors from manual input.  They are also beneficial to the environment, since they significantly reduce paperwork among all partners in the logistics chain.

Lufthansa Cargo reports high utilisation in a convincing year 2012

Tonnage down to 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail


Lufthansa Cargo is still pursuing a successful course. Although tonnage dipped last year, Germany’s biggest cargo carrier kept utilisation of its aircraft capacities on a stable level. During the year, Lufthansa Cargo transported slightly more than 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail, about 8.5 per cent below the year-earlier figure. The decrease is attributable to restrained demand in all traffic regions, to which the Company reacted by sharply scaling back capacity. All in all, the Lufthansa airfreight subsidiary trimmed capacity by more than eight per cent. The cuts enabled the cargo airline to hold utilisation at a very high level over the full twelve-month term: In comparison with the previous year, the cargo load factor even rose marginally to 69.6 per cent.

“We had to contend with an extremely difficult market environment in 2012. So we focused firmly on capacity utilisation and the profitability of our freighter routes,” emphasised Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. “Despite the necessary capacity cuts, we further developed our customer services and brought new destinations, such as Detroit, Montevideo or Tel Aviv, into the route network.“ 

The Cargo chief is looking with assurance to the future: “We can see green shoots of economic recovery in key airfreight markets. Our flexible approach will allow us to respond fast and purposefully to emergent market opportunities and quickly increase capacity again to accommodate stronger demand.” In the autumn of this year, Lufthansa Cargo is awaiting delivery of the first two of five brand-new Boeing 777 freighters on order. The world’s most efficient freighter aircraft of its class is integral to the comprehensive “Lufthansa Cargo 2020“ strategy designed to position the Company as the industry innovation leader. 

The financial figures for the year 2012 will be published in March this year.

Lufthansa Cargo voted world’s best cargo carrier by Global Traveler

Award presented to the airline in Los Angeles


A prestigious award for Lufthansa Cargo: The Global Traveler magazine has hailed the airline as the world’s best cargo carrier. The prize was presented to the company at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles last week.

Dr. Andreas Otto, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product & Sales, emphasised: “It is a great honour to be chosen as Number One among the world’s cargo carriers and, simultaneously, an incentive for the entire team to continue convincing customers with the highest quality and performance.”

The Global Traveler awards were conferred in 2012 for the ninth year in a row after a survey of the magazine’s readers. The readers, largely decision-makers from diverse industries, cast their votes in a total of 71 categories, among them airlines and hotels.

Lufthansa Cargo rewards innovation

328 participants from 109 countries submitted 185 innovative ideas to improve customer service


Inviting the public to participate in corporate innovation management – sounds utopian – but that is precisely what Lufthansa Cargo has done for the second time in recent weeks. And with success: In an open call for solutions on an open online platform, the Company evoked a huge response – 328 participants from 109 countries submitted 185 innovative ideas to improve customer service.  
Two of the most promising entries – the “LH Cargo Student Certification Program“, an online academy with the chance to obtain a final certificate, and ”Cargo TRIS“, a game for mobile phones enabling users to virtually plan and on-load freight in the aircraft hold – ran out winners with the acclaim of a prominent jury consisting of members of the Executive Board and management of Lufthansa Cargo. Third place went to “CargoPedia“ – a portal for collating knowledge and making useful information available to customers.
Lufthansa Cargo is currently engaged on a widely diverse future programme – and the development of innovative ideas is up top on the agenda. With its open online platform, the Company is widening the net to crowdsource ideas from an external group of users and harness an even broader potential. 
“Looking beyond the confines of the Company is crucial to us in the search for new, innovative solutions, which will also further the aims of our Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future programme,” said Dr. Andreas Otto, Board Member Product & Sales. The focus of this year’s Innovation Challenge competition was on customer service.  
 “Innovations spur the development of the industry“, observed Innovation Challenge Project Manager Benjamin Pfeifer. “The perspective from outside the  Company provides us with valuable insights enabling us to measure up even better to serving customer requirements,“ he noted, with an eye on the future

Jettainer and Lufthansa Cargo start Test Run of Application for Smartphones

Higher efficiency and increased data quality in the ULD management process


Jettainer, the leading international service partner for ULD management, and Lufthansa Cargo started testing an application for smartphones. The so-called “JettApp” enables airlines to record ULD data promptly and accurately. All parties involved in the process chain – Jettainer, ground handling companies, repair shops as well as the airline itself – therefore benefit from excellent data quality.

The new application is supposed to function as the „mobile arm” of Jettainer’s system JettWare, which is used in order to professionally steer fleets of loading devices. At this point of time the application is being tested at Lufthansa Cargo’s stations in Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Munich and Singapore. In total, forty employees using ten smart phones are involved in the test run. They are checking all the functions JettAPP features – from determining the location of a loading device by maintaining the ULD history up to monitoring ULD stocks.

As for the test run, mobile devices based on the Android system are used – later on, users can also decide for other products. JettApp allows an exact scan of all kinds of barcodes including QR and RFID/NFC. Moreover, Jettainer equipped the application with an electronic signature function: The handover of loading devices to third parties may be acknowledged right on the display.

„The test run of JettApp is an important part of the diversified innovation program of Lufthansa Cargo. With the implementation of the mobile application we plan on increasing the efficiency and quality of data in terms of recording ULD movements. We therefore want to further enhance the supervision of the circulation of our loading devices”, highlights Thilo Schäfer, Vice President Global Handling of Lufthansa Cargo.

„The improvement of business processes due to the introduction of mobile devices will allow us to further improve the value chain between the ULD management, airlines and other players. We at Jettainer are glad about the high interest the innovation developed by us is receiving”, mentions Alexander Plümacher, Managing Director of Jettainer. “It took us just one year to implement the application and we’re now pleased to be testing its suitability for daily use with Lufthansa Cargo. As soon as next year, we plan to comprehensively introduce the product to our customers.”

After test run has been finished successfully, the application will be integrated into the business processes of Jettainer and provided to the customers in 2013. Lufthansa Cargo will make a decision about the introduction of the application to its daily business early 2013. 

Lufthansa Cargo receives ÖkoGlobe award

Cargo airline earns ecological prize for lightweight containers


Lufthansa Cargo has landed one of the 2012 internationally renowned ÖkoGlobe awards for ecological innovations in recognition of its development and use of lightweight containers. The cargo airline won third place in the mobility platform and logistics structure category after Volkswagen and Deutsche Post.

Lufthansa Cargo Manager Markus Witte, under whose management the container was developed, emphasised at the presentation ceremony in Cologne: “It is becoming increasingly evident that the mobility industry is investing substantially in innovation and making immense efforts proactively in order to reduce CO2 emissions. We are proud that Lufthansa Cargo has won recognition for its lightweight containers with this environmental award, which has previously been captured mainly by the automotive industry. That motivates us to continue developing innovative and environmentally friendly ideas.”

In cooperation with its Jettainer subsidiary, Lufthansa Cargo has initiated a large-scale replacement programme involving the use of around 5,000 lightweight containers made from composite material in the next few years. The new-type containers, 13 kilos lighter than conventional aluminium containers, appreciably lower the fuel burn of aircraft and their CO2 emissions.

The ÖkoGlobe award, conferred in ten different categories, is the international environmental prize for the mobility industry and its suppliers. It was jointly initiated by the DEVK insurance group, TÜV Rhineland and the ÖkoGlobe Institute of Duisburg-Essen University.

For its efforts in the interest of sustainability, the Lufthansa Group landed several other prestigious awards in 2012, among them the Eco Aviation Award from the US Air Transport World magazine, the Airline Strategy Award in the Environment category from the British Airline Business magazine and top honours within the airline industry in the “Doing it All” category at the World Savers Awards from the US Condé Nast Traveller travel magazine.

Dr. Martin Schmitt joins Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board

Experienced Lufthansa manager succeeds Peter Gerber as Board Member Finance and Human Resources


Dr. Martin Schmitt has been appointed to the Executive Board and as Labour Director at Lufthansa Cargo, effective 1 January 2013. The 52 year-old manager and head of the Lufthansa Corporate Personal Policy Division is to take over responsibility for Finance and Human Resources on the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Cargo airfreight subsidiary. He succeeds Peter Gerber, who moved to the Lufthansa German Airlines Board in June 2012.

Dr. Schmitt, who has a Ph.D in Law, was previously in charge of human resources for flight crewsat Lufthansa and, subsequently, Station Manager and Board Representative at the Munich hub. He took over as head of the Corporate Personal Policy at Lufthansa AG in 2001.

Lufthansa Cargo operating strong network this winter

Cargo airline will offer flights to 300 destinations in 97 countries


From 28 October, when the winter schedule goes into effect, Lufthansa Cargo will offer flights to 300 destinations in 97 countries. The most important addition to the schedule is the new service to Tel Aviv, which will connect the city to the cargo airline’s global route network for the first time. Israel’s commercial and financial centre will then be served four times a week with Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighters, thereof three times via Istanbul. Lufthansa Cargo is also expanding its services from Egypt. Freighter flights from Cairo to Frankfurt, which were reinstated in March of this year, will be continued in the winter schedule. Frequencies on this route will be increased to three flights per week. The Frankfurt-Cairo route will be served once per week via Istanbul by an MD-11 freighter. The city on the Bosphorus will thus be intensively inked to the hub of Europe’s largest cargo airline.

Services to the Chinese city of Chongqing, which was included in Lufthansa Cargo’s route network for the first time last March, will not be continued during the winter period.

“Despite the fact that market conditions are not easy, we are offering our customers new services in our winter schedule,” said Dr. Andreas Otto, member of the Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board, Product and Sales. “The new freighter flights to Tel Aviv and Istanbul as well as increased frequencies on our route to Cairo will enable us to further strengthen our presence in growth markets in the Middle East,” he added.

This winter, Lufthansa Cargo will serve a total of 49 destinations with freighter aircraft.

Lufthansa Cargo keeps load factor stable

Cargo carrier stays on course in adverse market environment


Volumes declined at Lufthansa Cargo in the first nine months of 2012. Compared with the first nine-month period in the previous year, tonnage fell by 8.9 per cent in the term to 1.29 million tonnes. In a highly demanding global market, the business of Germany’s biggest cargo carrier from January through September was depressed especially by a downturn in the Asia/Pacific region (minus 12.9 per cent).

Given the adverse market environment, Lufthansa Cargo made flexible use of its capacities to keep utilisation on a high level. The load factor fell year-on-year only marginally by 0.3 percentage points to 69 per cent.

“Knowing how volatile the airfreight business is and aware of the importance of exercising maximum flexibility, we make a point of focusing particularly on capacity management,“ emphasised Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt. In that way, Lufthansa Cargo has kept utilisation of its aircraft stable in spite of the weak market. Garnadt: “Whenever fuel prices are high, the rule that only high load factors enable a cargo airline to fly profitably applies more than ever.�

The financial results for the first nine months of the year will be published on 31 October.

Lufthansa Cargo launches new service to Tel Aviv

First all-freighter flights to Israel

This winter Lufthansa Cargo will operate its first all-freighter service to Israel. From 28 October, Europe’s leading cargo carrier will connect Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, with its Frankfurt hub.

The MD-11 freighter service from Frankfurt will depart in the evening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays and in the late morning on Fridays. The return flight will be operated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays via Istanbul. Friday is the only day on which a non-stop service from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt will be operated.

With this new service, Lufthansa Cargo is significantly expanding its presence in the Israeli market. Never before have customers had such a large choice of flights. This winter, in addition to the freighter flights operated by Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will offer 37 flights a week to their hubs at Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna, as well as to Düsseldorf and Berlin. The Group airline Swiss will operate 14 flights a week from Tel Aviv to Zurich.

Pharmaceutical products are a key driver of Israel’s export industry, the main market for them being the United States of America. Israel’s major imports from Germany include engineering products, machinery and automotive components.

The new services to and from Tel Aviv*:

Frankfurt (FRA) – Tel Aviv (TLV)

Tel Aviv (TLV) – Frankfurt (FRA)

Day Flight No. Dep. Arr. Day Flight No. Dep. Arr.

Tue, Sun



23:15 Fr


17:40 21:10





Tue, Wed, Sun





10:15 15:20

*subject to the granting of air traffic rights / Flight times may vary. 

Lufthansa Cargo expands social media presence

With own YouTube channel in addition to facebook platform


Success tells a convincing tale: In just ten months since its launch, more than 14,000 facebook users have ticked the thumbs-up like-it button to indicate their approval of the Lufthansa Cargo website. With this facebook success, Germany’s biggest air cargo carrier has not only chalked up three times as many fans as employees but also come up with one of the strongest growing facebook platforms in the B2B domain ( Spurred by that success, the Company is expanding its social media presence with its own YouTube channel. Lufthansa Cargo is launching its new video channel on 1 October 2012 (

As a gala premiere on its YouTube platform, Lufthansa Cargo is centre-staging its new image film “Networking the World“. A two-minute video, it features emotional insights into the world of air cargo, highlighting the valuable freight flown on aircraft to around 300 destinations around the globe. Networking one place with another, fastest, however far-flung.

“Lufthansa Cargo is active on all continents. It networks the world with its services just as social media do on the Internet. Portals, like facebook or YouTube, offer unique opportunities to invite a global public to experience the fascination of our airfreight operations,“ says Matthias Eberle, Director Communications at Lufthansa Cargo.

The cargo carrier is profiling itself from diverse perspectives on its YouTube channel. Alongside videos spelling out its future strategy with “Lufthansa Cargo 2020“, the new channel will include stories from the Company’s past in “A century of air cargo“ as well as footage on emergency flights to crisis areas, in the aftermath, for example, of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in Japan.
It will also feature plane-spotting films of Lufthansa Cargo aircraft as well as videos produced by Lufthansa Cargo pilots and ground staff.

Lufthansa Cargo on the lookout for innovative ideas

Cargo airline launches second round of open ideas competition


Lufthansa Cargo aims to stimulate innovation through open ideas competitions. The Lufthansa subsidiary is now launching the second round of its Open Innovation Challenge, and is the first cargo airline worldwide to do so. Over the coming weeks, innovative, forward-looking customer service solutions will be developed on the online portal,
which has been set up especially for the competition.

The Open Innovation Challenge consists of different categories in which customers, logistics industry experts and scientists work together to develop and refine new ideas. The topics will include customer programmes, digitisation and touch points between Lufthansa Cargo and its customers. Lufthansa Cargo experts will evaluate all the ideas and comment upon them regularly, thus enabling the individual approaches to be developed steadily via the dialogue platform. 

“The first round of our Open Innovation Challenge last year was a great success,” said Dr. Andreas Otto, Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board Member responsible for Product & Sales. “The key thing for us is to look beyond the confines of our own company in order to find new, innovative approaches to solutions that will also underpin our forward-looking strategy, Lufthansa Cargo
2020.” One such example is the so-called Fly Bag, which could further improve the safety and reliability of the transport of dangerous goods in the future. Lufthansa Cargo is a driving force behind the EU’s Technical Advisory Board.

The ideas platform will be online until 7 November. After that date, the best ideas will undergo detailed evaluation and will then be fleshed out jointly with their initiators. Attractive prizes, such as flight training in the MD-11 flight simulator, await the most successful participants.

Lufthansa to build new logistics centre at Frankfurt

Supervisory Board approves investment at home base


Lufthansa has announced plans to build a modern logistics centre at Frankfurt Airport. At its meeting today, the Lufthansa Group Supervisory Board approved the investment in the necessary infrastructure for Lufthansa’s cargo business. The building, which will replace the existing over 30-year-old Lufthansa Cargo Center, is due to go into operation in 2018.

“We are investing in the future and in our Frankfurt base,” Lufthansa CEO and Chairman Dr. Christoph Franz stressed. Frankfurt would remain the central hub for the Lufthansa Group’s cargo business, despite the night-flight ban. The night-flight ban meant considerably adjusting the original plans. In view of the competitive disadvantages compared with other locations, it was therefore all the more important to have access to a reliable and efficient infrastructure.

The new logistics centre will be built mainly on Lufthansa Cargo’s existing site in the northern part of Frankfurt Airport. State-of-the-art technological infrastructure will guarantee much faster turnaround times for shipments and will dramatically improve the quality of service for all Lufthansa Cargo customers. “Building of a new logistics centre is a major component of our ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020’ strategy,” Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman Karl Ulrich Garnadt emphasised. “The new facility will enable us to take a quantum leap in the logistics process and will make the company fit for the challenges of the future.”

Construction of the main building is scheduled to begin in 2014. Since the air cargo terminal will be built on the existing site, the area will have to be cleared and prepared over the coming months. Some processes will be relocated to other areas. Operations will, however, continue while construction work on the new building is in progress. Lufthansa is investing a mid triple-digit million euro sum in the new logistics centre.

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