proMotion February 2018
Dear Business Partners and Friends,
2017 was another vibrant year for the airfreight industry with strong demand seen in nearly all markets throughout the year and the expected end-of-year peak also felt.
While it’s always difficult to make concrete predictions, 2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for air cargo with continued growth. The Chinese New Year just around the corner is an opportunity to reflect on the successful ‘Year of the Rooster’ and look forward to the ‘Year of the Dog’! The ‘Dog’ symbolizes a year full of action and movement, which bodes very well for our industry. For us, this means continuously striving to improve our quality, our customer service and our innovation, while continuing to primarily focus on digitalization.
I am also very pleased that we have been able to expand our freighter and passenger network in Asia. With the Japanese market developing so positively, we have launched two new weekly freighter operations to Osaka Kansai Airport on top of our daily Tokyo B777 freighter. In addition, passenger capacities from Japan (NRT, HND, KIX, NGO) to Europe and beyond have increased to approximately 30 per week and are supplemented by our Joint Venture Partner All Nippon Airways Cargo. All in all, I am proud to say that we now offer 80 weekly flights connecting Japan with Europe on 12 direct routes.
Moreover, we are experiencing continuous growth in Greater China with 11 B777 freighter flights now scheduled to and from Shanghai Pudong and five flights to and from Guangzhou per week. On top of this, we will also be reintroducing direct capacity from Shenyang with three weekly passenger flights starting in March 2018.
I would like to thank you for showing your continuous support to Lufthansa Cargo, which is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to another successful year together with our customers.
Who are the people in this picture?
You can see our whole Osaka team – it shows our Lufthansa Cargo colleagues and our handling agent in Osaka, ANA Cargo. We work together closely, hand in hand. Without this great teamwork, our new freighter service, which started on January 18, would not have been possible.
What does the Osaka team stand for?
Team as a family. Osaka is one of the smallest organizations among the Lufthansa Cargo locations and only consists of six colleagues. However, we always try to support each other and give our best to support our customers with our leading infrastructure and network.
In a nutshell: What drives you?
We have opened up the global market for Japanese manufacturers, who are mainly based in the automotive and health care industries. We are always working to offer the right capacity at the right time.
What are some of the highlights of your work? What are the next milestones?
We recently welcomed the MD11-F back to Osaka. We now offer two weekly freighter services to Frankfurt in addition to our daily passenger flights. We have been successfully conquering the growing market and are very happy that we can now offer our customers even more capacity.
What have you always wanted to say to our customers and partners?
We live by our partnerships – with ANA Cargo and, of course, with our customers. Our main goal is to invest in partnerships with long-term prospects. Thank you for your trust and loyalty over the course of the last few years. We look forward to working with you in the future and offering you even more connections.
Another thank you to the Osaka airport company – Kansai Airports – which provided our new freighter operation to KIX with significant operational and marketing support. Collaborations like this will hopefully lead to further expansion.
- Konichiwa Osaka! Lufthansa Cargo increases frequency to Asia.
- Fleet Logistics. Lufthansa Cargo invests in the U.S. tech start-up.
- Fruit Logistica. Lufthansa Cargo will be represented at the world’s most important trade fair for fruit and vegetables.
- HessenGoesGlobal! Your chance to enter new markets.
Lufthansa Cargo increases frequency to Asia.
Lufthansa Cargo has increased the frequency of its freighter services to Osaka, Japan by two flights per week. The additional flights to Osaka are an addition to existing daily airfreight connections to and from Tokyo-Narita as well as passenger flights conducted by Lufthansa to Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda and Nagoya.
The new route connects Frankfurt with Osaka on Wednesdays and Fridays. This means that there is now a total of 80 weekly flights available to and from Japan, which includes the belly capacity of Lufthansa passenger aircraft and the freighter capacities of its cooperation partner ANA Cargo. The first flight from Osaka took off on January 18 at 11:36 pm (local time) with 90 metric tons of freight on board.
“These new flights to Osaka are strengthening our position in Japan. It is a further investment into the very important Japanese airfreight market,” says Frank Naeve, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Asia-Pacific.
“We are proud to have long-standing connections with customers in the Japanese air cargo industry since 1969. Our aim is to build on this and expand into the future,” says Alexis von Hoensbroech, Lufthansa Cargo Chief Commercial Officer.
Airfreight experience meets innovative online marketplace.
Lufthansa Cargo invests in the U.S. tech start-up Fleet Logistics.
The strong collaboration between Lufthansa Cargo and Fleet Logistics will combine extensive airfreight experience with a fresh, technology-driven look at global logistics processes. Fleet Logistics was founded in 2014 and acts as an online marketplace, matching customers’ demand for freight services with the free capacity provided by logistics companies. Fleet Logistics is growing rapidly and addresses customers’ need for convenience in – traditionally – complex international freight-shipping processes.
“Fleet is a perfect match for us as the company combines innovative and visionary thinking with a strong intrinsic motivation to improve air cargo booking and shipping efficiency and, finally, our customers’ overall experience,” says Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “We expect substantial learnings with regard to our product and service portfolio. Thus, we are sure that Lufthansa Cargo and Fleet will mutually benefit from sharing concepts and ideas.” At the same time, Fleet Logistics will expand its Board of Directors with a new seat for Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech.
A large number of start-ups have recently been pushing into the logistics industry in order to improve the connectivity between the various players in global airfreight supply chains. As a result, traditional logistics companies have also become aware of the opportunities they can harness by investing in new digital business models.
By acquiring shares in Fleet Logistics, we are underlining our strategic commitment to taking the airfreight industry to the next level of digital maturity. This acquisition is part of our overall digitization strategy and has received strong support from the Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Berlin.
Industry get-together at Fruit Logistica.
Lufthansa Cargo will be represented at the world’s most important trade fair for fruit and vegetables.
From February 7 to 9, 2018, the Fruit Logistica trade fair will be opening its doors in Berlin. As one of more than 3,000 exhibitors, Lufthansa Cargo will be represented with its own booth in hall 25, booth C-08. Over 76,000 visitors are expected.
Come to our booth and meet colleagues from a wide range of different regions, such as Sao Paolo, Los Angeles, the Middle East, Africa and, of course, Germany. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the get-together at our booth on the first day of the trade fair from 4pm to 6pm.
Hessian companies can win free logistics services and air freight capacities from Lufthansa Cargo, Panalpina and UPS.
HessenGoesGlobal! Do you know a Hessian company that wants to conquer the world market? Then tell them about our initiative "HessenGoesGlobal"! Together with Panalpina and UPS, we have launched a business competition and offer Hessian companies logistical support and free transport of their products to the world market! There is an extensive package of freight and logistics services, including free airfreight capacity for one year.
The initiative is supported by "Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturbank Hessen" and the "HessenAgentur". With their idea, the partners want to show what opportunities the development of global markets also offers smaller companies. "The package you can win is a real springboard for long-term growth", Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo explains. Any company with its headquarters and production facilities in Hesse that produces haptic goods can apply. A jury of experts selects a maximum of five finalists from all applicants to present their products and companies on March 8 as part of the Cargovention 2018, a new Lufthansa Cargo event on innovations in logistics. Applications are submitted via a uniform document for all interested parties, which can be downloaded from cargovention.com/hgg.html. The application deadline is 16 February 2018 and the finalists will be announced on 26 February. We are looking forward to receiving numerous applicants!