Lufthansa Cargo 2020.
Will the air cargo requirements of 2020 be the same as those of today? We don’t think so. That is why Lufthansa Cargo has drawn up a strategy to tackle tomorrow’s challenges today and get our company into shape for a new generation of air freight: Lufthansa Cargo 2020.
As an industry leader, we can and in relation to growth potential must invest in our future.
The future is already taking shape. Four modern Boeing 777 freighters flew under the Lufthansa logo in 2014 and a fifth was added in February of this year. We have started rolling out our modernised IT landscape and in ANA Cargo we have found our first cooperation partner to further increase the appeal of our offering to customers.
“Good day, USA.” “Jambo, Kenya.” “Ni Hao, China.” “Olá, Brasil.” “Hallo Germany” was added in 2015. Five new Boeing 777 freighters link up the world for Lufthansa Cargo.
The freighters are delivering more than promised. Expectations have been exceeded. The punctuality of the B777F fleet was significantly above 80 per cent in 2014, with technical reliability of 98.37 per cent. The specific fuel consumption of the B777F is some 20 per cent less than that of the MD-11F. This is good for the environment as well. In addition to this, the Triple Seven meets the strictest noise protection standards in international civil aviation, giving it maximum access to airports with strict noise regulations and bringing considerable relief to people who live near airports.
The new freighters boast an outstanding range capability. They can fly 9,045 kilometres in one go, fully laden. With the B777F, Lufthansa Cargo can reach stations such as Shanghai with a full payload, without having to stop to refuel. In the main, the freighters are currently being flown on routes towards destinations in the Far East, such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as major cities in the US, such as New York, Atlanta and Chicago.
Lufthansa Cargo has started a digitisation programme with the aim of becoming digitally networked with all participants in the transport chain (from booking through to delivery) by 2020. In the long-term, customers will benefit from increased transparency, faster turnarounds, improved quality and more efficiency, allowing them greater flexibility. The cargo airline is working closely with partners and customers on this and has achieved initial milestones in the eCargo programme. Since 2013, Lufthansa Cargo has been focusing on introducing the electronic air waybill, known as the eAWB.
Through eAWB implementation, the electronic message becomes the legal basis for the transport agreement – a step towards a paperless future. The first customer delivered his shipments without any paper in Frankfurt at the start of July 2014. By the end of the last financial year, more than 30 per cent of Lufthansa Cargo stations worldwide were already in a position to handle electronic air waybills (in import).
Frankfurt Airport is one of the most important international airports, and it is also Lufthansa Cargo’s main hub. We want to work with our partners to further strengthen the competitiveness of the location as a whole in Frankfurt. That is why we are actively contributing our know-how and interests to the newly founded Air Cargo Community Frankfurt e.V.
Lufthansa Cargo is also developing a new “Gateway Solutions” service at Frankfurt. The first component, mobile acceptance, has been in testing since October 2014. This involves Lufthansa Cargo collecting export cargo from the customer's warehouse and then bringing it directly to the aircraft. The service should be expanded in the future to include import cargo and other products.