LH dumps World Airways for Jade

LUFTHANSA Cargo is reducing freighter capacities, due to falling demand, by around 10 per cent on 1 January, 2009. In addition, Lufthansa Cargo will reduce its cooperation with World Airways, which up to now has operated two freighters of the MD-11F type and a Boeing 747-400F for the crane airline. Those routes will in future, be served by Boeing 747-400ERF aircraft in the fleet of the German-Chinese airfreight carrier Jade Cargo International.

“Lufthansa Cargo is adapting capacity in face of increasingly difficult economic conditions and a distinct falloff in demand,” said chairman, Carsten Spohr (right). “We will continue operating all our 19 MD-11 freighters, while utilising the capacity adjustments to further improve our quality, reliability and punctuality.”

Against the background of current market conditions, Lufthansa Cargo and Jade Cargo International will step up their cooperation at the beginning of the New Year. The carrier is taking over the marketing of the bulk of flights operated ex-Asia, by its subsidiary from 1 January, 2009. It has been responsible for marketing Jade Cargo capacities out of Europe since March 2008.

From mid-2009, Lufthansa Cargo will also have capacities on the new Boeing 777-200LRF freighters in the Aerologic fleet at its disposal.

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