Lufthansa Cargo

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Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo-Logo.svg
IATA
LH
ICAO
GEC
Callsign
LUFTHANSA CARGO
Founded 1994
Hubs Frankfurt Airport
Secondary hubs
Fleet size 19
Destinations 57
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Frankfurt, Germany
Key people Karl Ulrich Garnadt (Chairman)
Website lufthansa-cargo.com
A Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11 lands at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2010.
D-ALFA, the first Boeing 777F delivered to Lufthansa Cargo, on final approach at Frankfurt Airport in 2013

Lufthansa Cargo AG is a cargo airline from Germany, operating worldwide air freight and logistics services on behalf of Lufthansa, of which it is a wholly owned subsidiary. The company is headquartered in Building 451 of the Frankfurt Airport area in Frankfurt, the major hub of Lufthansa.[1][2] Lufthansa Cargo does not only offer space on its own freighters, but also has access to the cargo capacities of more than 300 Lufthansa passenger aircraft (including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SunExpress)

History[edit]

Lufthansa had already operated a cargo subsidiary, called German Cargo, between 1977 and 1993 (earlier still, cargo operations were executed in-house, already under the Lufthansa Cargo name), when in an effort to restructure the company the cargo division was re-integrated into the mother concern, and split up into two parts (one for scheduled operations using Lufthansa-owned aircraft, and one for freight and logistics services using chartered or leased aircraft).

Thus, Lufthansa Cargo was created as a limited stock company on 30 November 2004, along with Lufthansa Cargo Charter. Concerning its airline codes, Lufthansa Cargo uses LH (the same IATA code as Lufthansa), as well as GEC (the former ICAO code of German Cargo). Lufthansa is unique compared to its major European competitors like British Airways and Air France in that the cargo business is organized in an entirely different airline entity. For some years, Lufthansa Cargo (including the freight transported in the cargo holds of mainline Lufthansa passenger aircraft) was the leading cargo airline in terms of international freight tonne-kilometres carried,[citation needed] but has meanwhile been surpassed by Cathay Pacific and Korean Air Cargo.

Operations and subsidiaries[edit]

As of 2011, all Lufthansa Cargo aircraft are based at Frankfurt Airport, the seventh busiest freight hub in the world, where the airline enjoys a strong co-operation with Fraport, the operator of the airport. Cargo facilities at the airport are divided into two places (Cargo City North and South), of which the first one is nearly exclusively used by Lufthansa Cargo.

In earlier years,[when?] Lufthansa Cargo had a secondary base at Leipzig/Halle Airport, the European hub for DHL Express, from where it operated flights on behalf of DHL. Activities at this airport gradually came to an end following the formation of AeroLogic as a joint venture between Lufthansa and DHL, which henceforth caters for the DHL flights, allowing Lufthansa Cargo to concentrate on other services.[3]

In 2000, Lufthansa Cargo was a founding member of the WOW Alliance, a global cargo airline alliance, but left in 2007 as it did not see any benefits for the future.

Lufthansa Cargo used to operate a hub for intra-Asian flights at Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, but was forced to relocate it to Yemelyanovo Airport in Russia in 2007, because otherwise the airline would have been banned from entering Russian airspace, in what was described as an act of economic blackmailing by the Russian authorities.[4][5]

In 2008, Jade Cargo International founded as a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, and the German Investment Corporation, a German governmental entity, thus allowing Lufthansa Cargo for a stronger presence in the Asian markets.

In May 2011, Lufthansa Cargo opened another hub at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, in order to transport temperature-sensitive goods, especially pharmaceuticals, between South East Asia and Europe (and onwards to the United States).[6]

Destinations[edit]

As of October 2013, Lufthansa Cargo serves 57 cities worldwide with its cargo aircraft.[7]

Fleet[edit]

As of June 2014, the Lufthansa Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 15 years:[8][9]

Lufthansa Cargo fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 15 Includes last MD-11 ever built D-ALCN
Boeing 777F 4 1
Total 19 1

Fleet development[edit]

A Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 747-200 approaches Frankfurt Airport in 2004, featuring the WOW Alliance logo.

The initial fleet of Lufthansa Cargo had previously belonged to German Cargo, and was expanded by cargo-converted former Lufthansa mainline Boeing 747-200s. From 1998, the airline began to gradually phase out all other aircraft types in favor of a fleet entirely consisting of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:[8]

Lufthansa Cargo fleet development
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Boeing 737-300 1994 1997
Boeing 747-200 1994 2005
Boeing 777F 2013
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 1998

In March 2011, the order of five Boeing 777F was announced, the same aircraft type which had earlier been chosen for AeroLogic.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 7 November 2004 at 16:35 local time, a Boeing 747-200 freighter, owned and operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic, overshot the runway upon take-off at Sharjah International Airport and was damaged beyond repair. The aircraft, registered TF-ARR, had been leased by Lufthansa Cargo to operate Flight 8457 to Frankfurt Airport. The pilots had decided to abort the take-off run even though the remaining runway length did not suffice to bring the aircraft to a halt because of a burst tyre and the ATC notification of an alleged fire (which turned out to be not true). The four persons on board were not injured.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lufthansa Cargo appoints new regional managers." Lufthansa Cargo. 6 February 2008. Retrieved on 18 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Imprint." Lufthansa Cargo. Retrieved on 28 May 2011. "Lufthansa Cargo AG Flughafenbereich West Tor 25, Gebäude 451 D-60546 Frankfurt am Main"
  3. ^ AeroLogic outlines launch and expansion plans Flight Global, 28 January 2008
  4. ^ Russia 'Blackmails' Lufthansa over Cargo Hubs Spiegel Online International 11/02/2007
  5. ^ German flights row highlights EU-Russia trade tensions
  6. ^ airliners.de: Lufthansa Cargo to opens hub at Hyderabad (in German)
  7. ^ 27 September 2013. "Lufthansa Cargo focuses on Latin America" (Press release). lufthansa-cargo.com. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lufthansa Cargo fleet list at planespotters.net
  9. ^ Lufthansa Cargo - Our Fleet
  10. ^ http://presse.lufthansa.com/en/news-releases/singleview/archive/2011/march/16/article/1896.html
  11. ^ Flight 8457 at the Aviation Safety Network
  12. ^ "UPDATE 2-Lufthansa cargo plane crashes at Saudi airport". Reuters. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Lufthansa cargo plane crashes at Riyadh airport". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  14. ^ Flight 8460 at the Aviation Safety Network

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