Lufthansa Cargo ramps up Shenzhen capacity

By Damian Brett

Lufthansa Cargo is now offering 14 weekly cargo flights from Shenzhen (SZX) to Frankfurt as it looks to meet demand.

The cargo business said the first aircraft — an Airbus A330-300 operated by Lufthansa, which took off from Shenzhen on May 18 with around 3m respiratory masks and other medical protective equipment onboard — will be flown to Frankfurt on behalf of the logistics company Fiege.

“As a reliable partner, Lufthansa Cargo has played an important role in the stable supply chain from Asia to Germany in recent weeks. The new cargo flights from Shenzhen ensure that we can make this supply chain even more flexible, so that urgently needed goods arrive quickly in Germany”, said  Michael Völlnagel, chief executive Fiege International Freight Forwarding.

Lufthansa Cargo is currently offering 16 flights a week to and from China using its B777Fs with a standard load capacity of around 103 tonnes.

With the newly opened route to Shenzhen, a total of up to 49 additional weekly flights with Lufthansa passenger aircraft for the transportation of goods are offered in China.

Since the cabin space of these aircraft can also be loaded with cargo, the average cargo capacity in practice is about 30 tonnes each. Parts of the cabin equipment were removed from 10 A330-300s to accommodate a larger cargo volume.

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