LH Cargo boosts Chinese capacity for Olympic boom

WITH the introduction of the summer timetable on 30 March, 2008, Lufthansa Cargo is substantially expanding its flight programme, particularly to Asia. The new services include two direct freighter flights per week to Beijing, host city of the upcoming Summer Olympics. For the first time, the cargo carrier’s MD-11F service from Frankfurt to Shanghai and Seoul, will be operated non-stop. Since January, Lufthansa Cargo has been serving Mexico City with a direct flight.

Two new destinations for Lufthansa Cargo customers in China, will be added to the route network. From the end of March Nanjing, which will be served five times a week from Frankfurt, and from June Shenyang, which will have a thrice-weekly service from Munich. Both routes will be operated with passenger aircraft – Airbus A340-300s with an average cargo capacity of about 17 tonnes.

Lufthansa is also launching a new service to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

This summer, Lufthansa Cargo customers will also be able to book capacity on non-stop passenger flights to Seattle and Calgary. Airfreight will be transported daily from Frankfurt to these two North American metropolises, aboard Airbus A330-300s (average cargo capacity about 17 tonnes).

At the start of the summer timetable, Lufthansa Cargo is also boosting its sales activities in Europe. From 30 March, it will be responsible for marketing the airfreight capacity of Jade Cargo International, on routes from Europe to Asia. As part of the capacity expansion, Frankfurt Airport and Tianjin Airport in China, will be integrated into Jade Cargo International’s route network as of 12 April, 2008.

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