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Lufthansa Cargo Deploys Two Additional Boeing 777Fs, Prepares to Retire Europe’s Last MD-11

Lufthansa Cargo has placed two more Boeing 777Fs into service, expanding their fleet of widebody freighters to 15 by the end of October. The two additional freighters will be based in Frankfurt and have been registered as D-ALFJ and D-ALFK.

Lufthansa Cargo's Newest Boeing 777F, Registration D-ALFK, Arrives in Frankfurt on September 29, 2021 - Courtesy Lufthansa Cargo

On Wednesday (September 29, 2021), Lufthansa Cargo announced the placement of two additional Boeing 777Fs into service. By the end of October, the carrier’s widebody fleet will include 15 aircraft. The additional 777Fs will be based at the company’s Frankfurt hub and have been registered as D-ALFJ and D-ALFK. Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt fleet now includes 11 Boeing 777 freighters, in addition to four of the same type operated by joint venture partner AeroLogic.

D-ALFK is a brand new aircraft from the Boeing facilities in Everett, Washington, and landed in Frankfurt this morning at 06:00 local time. The second freighter, D-ALFJ, was acquired on the secondary market, and will be flying in an all-white livery until further notice, with only a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ fuselage livery. Lufthansa cargo has now exercised all B777F options with Boeing.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dorothea von Boxberg, said,

“We are very pleased that we can now offer our customers the capacity of a total of fifteen highly efficient wide-body freighters. We will continue to flexibly manage our freighters to best serve our customers' needs. Together with the belly capacities of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings Discover now coming back into the market, they are forming our dense, global network.”

Additionally, Lufthansa Cargo announced today that the last remaining tri-jet of the Group and the last MD-11 registered in Europe is now flying in a special livery. Lufthansa Cargo is expressing gratitude for over 23 years of loyal service and is sending the aircraft, registration D-ALCC, out in style. The aircraft’s final rotations will be to Cairo, Tel Aviv, Chicago and New York with the greetings “Farewell” and “Thank You, MD-11” emblazoned on the fuselage. The aircraft’s service with Lufthansa will come to an end on October 15, 2021 at high noon, when it lands at Frankfurt Airport.

With revenue of €2.8 billion and 6.5 billion revenue ton-kilometers in 2020, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading air freight companies. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in over 100 countries with a dedicated fleet of freighters, as well as belly-hold cargo capacity of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover and SunExpress. The company also operates an extensive road feeder service network. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and is the Group’s logistics specialist.

Source: Lufthansa Cargo


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