Here comes summer: Lufthansa Cargo boosts freighter network and capacity

Lufthansa Cargo will add freighter connections and increase the cargo capacity on its global network by 10% when the 2019 summer schedule comes into effect on March 31.

The new schedule incorporates the capacity of two recently delivered Boeing 777Fs to Lufthansa Cargo and AeroLogic, the joint venture with DHL. Said a spokesperson for the Germany flag carrier: “Overall, Lufthansa Cargo will boost its capacity offering by around ten per cent with the new schedule.”

The spokesperson said that there will be “many new frequencies” on routes to and from Asia: another two flights per week will be added to the freighter connection from Frankfurt (FRA) to Tokyo Narita (NRT).

“Besides the daily Boeing 777F, an MD-11F will now also connect the city in Japan with Frankfurt via Novosibirsk (OVB) on Wednesdays and Fridays, thereby offering an additional 170 tonnes of cargo capacity.

“Osaka (KIX) will be flown to three times rather than twice weekly with an MD-11F. Seoul Incheon will also be connected on the outward leg from Frankfurt, taking Lufthansa Cargo’s total number of South Korean frequencies to nine a week.”

Lufthansa’s cargo arm will fly to Hong Kong (HKG) with an MD-11F daily instead of six times a week, offering an additional 85 tonnes of freighter capacity per week on this route.

In India, there will be new connections to Mumbai (BOM), with seven weekly flights then being offered there. The offering from Frankfurt to Chennai (MAA) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) will be doubled – with a twice a week AeroLogic Boeing 777F.

There will also be additional flights to North America: in the future, Atlanta (ATL) will be served seven times a week instead of the previous six and Chicago (ORD) is scheduled for twelve flights a week instead of eight from the summer.

The spokesperson added that there will be changes to the aircraft used to serve Central and South America: a Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F only will be used in the future on the new direct flights to Mexico City (MEX) and on the rotations from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires (EZE) via Viracopos (VCP) and Montevideo (MVD) and from Frankfurt to Viracopos via Curitiba (CWB) as well as on the direct flight from Frankfurt to Viracopos, with a stop in Dakar (DSS) on the return leg.

“This will facilitate new direct flights between Europe and South America that will reduce the flight time between the two continents by several hours.”

The summer schedule will come into effect at the end of March. Bookings will be accepted up to 30 days in advance.

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