LUFTHANSA Cargo (LC) increased the capacity of its aircraft utilisation in 2013, and moved more than 1.7 million tonnes of freight – almost matching the previous year’s level.
The German carrier, which saw its freight load factor climb to 69.9 per cent, credits its success to a “highly flexible and demand-oriented capacity management” style, while continuing to invest in its network.
This included adding Guadalajara and the Peruvian capital Lima to its service schedule.
“Lufthansa Cargo remains on course,” declares Karl Ulrich Garnadt, chief executive and chairman. “We are able to hold our own, even in a difficult market environment and have laid the basis in 2013 for important developments in our company.
“If the welcome trends of recent weeks in global air cargo markets, particularly in Asia, continue then we can feel optimistic about the New Year,” he adds.
LC will be further modernising its freighter fleet in 2014. It took deliver of its first two brand-new B777Fs at the tail end of last year and an additional two are scheduled to arrive at its Frankfurt Airport hub during the first six months of this year.
The carrier, which focuses on the airport-to-airport business sector, also overhauled its IT system, as part of its ‘2020 future’ programme.
LC serves around 300 destinations in almost 100 countries with its freighters and the bellyhold capacity of its passenger counterpart. The company also operates an extensive road feeder service network.
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