Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo joint venture fully expanded

Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo joint business agreement signing in June 2016

Cathay Pacific’s cargo division and Lufthansa Cargo have started eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong under their joint business agreement (JBA).

Under the JBA framework, Hong Kong is connected directly to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, London (Gatwick and Heathrow airports), Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome and Zurich.

In addition to the capacity provided by the airlines’ dedicated fleet of cargo aircraft, the belly space of passenger aircraft and the road feeder services of both partners can also be booked by customers.

A statement from both carriers said that cargo customers have also benefitted from having “one single location for export drop-off and import delivery since the introduction of the Hong Kong and Frankfurt joint handling facilities in late 2016 and early 2017 respectively”.

As well as collaborating on network planning, Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo have worked closely together on IT and service enhancements since the signing of the cooperation agreement in May 2016.

Cathay Pacific director commercial and cargo, Ronald Lam, said: “Our cooperation with Lufthansa has reached an exciting new phase, which is of great benefit to our customers in Europe and undoubtedly strengthens one of the world’s great trade lanes.”

Lufthansa Cargo chairman and chief executive Peter Gerber added: “We are pleased that our joint customers will now be able to take full advantage of our partnership. This is a superb basis for a long-term successful cooperation. Together, we can make air cargo even more appealing.”

Customers have been able to book general and express cargo on all Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa flights from Hong Kong to Europe since 2017, the commencement of Hong Kong-bound shipments means there are now 280 direct flights, covering 15 airports, in the carriers’ joint network per week.

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

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