Preighter feat for Lufthansa Cargo

By Roger Hailey

Photo: Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo has operated more than 100 preighter flights for logistics company EgeTrans as part of a charter agreement which started in the winter of 2020.

Airbus A340 and A350 passenger aircraft in cargo-only mode have been flying exclusively for EgeTrans from Frankfurt to Chicago, carrying an average of around 37 tons of freight per flight.

On board are consignments for agricultural machinery and for the automotive, commercial vehicle and hydraulics industries, which can be transported from Baden-Württemberg to the US.

At peak times, up to five preighters flew weekly in the summer of 2021 alone, including roundtrips.

Achim Martinka, vice president Germany of Lufthansa Cargo, said: “Organising such preighter turnarounds requires precise coordination with our customers, but also with all parties involved, such as Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Passage and Lufthansa Technik.

“We are proud to have established such a reliable and resilient process chain for the respective freight requirements in these special times. In the future, we will continue to focus on using and offering synergies and capacities in the best possible way for our customers.”

Florian Naujocks, air cargo manager at EgeTrans, said: “The communication with the Lufthansa Cargo contacts works flawlessly and always to our complete satisfaction.

“We are proud that the close cooperation with the Lufthansa Cargo Team Stuttgart is not exclusively limited to the freighters, but that we also have cargo capacities available three times a week on both freighters and passenger aircraft bound for Chicago at Lufthansa Cargo.”

Since March 2020, Lufthansa Cargo has operated numerous preighter flights worldwide.

Earlier this month, Lufthansa Cargo ordered three Boeing 777F freighters and seven new-generation 777-8F freighters to increase its airfreight capacity.

Lufthansa recently submitted a joint bid with Switzerland-headquartered shipping firm Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) for a stake in Italian airline ITA Airways.

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