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Lufthansa Cargo Expands Freighter Network With New Munich Service

Lufthansa Cargo is expanding their network with new dedicated freighter service from their southern German hub in Munich.  The new operations will commence with twice weekly Airbus A321 freighter service between Munich and Istanbul.

Lufthansa Cargo Airbus A321 Freighter - Courtesy Lufthansa Cargo

On Monday (June 17, 2024), Lufthansa Cargo announced the launch of new dedicated freighter service from their southern German hub in Munich.  Initially, operations will include twice weekly service to Istanbul with an Airbus A321 freighter, complementing existing belly-hold capacity.  The new route will operate on Saturdays and Sundays under flight numbers LH8350/LH8351 and LH8346/LH8347.  Lufthansa Cargo customers can now book their freight shipments on the new route with immediate effect.

In Monday’s announcement, Lufthansa Cargo’s CEO, Ashwin Bhat, said,

“We are looking forward to offering our customers this new freighter connection, which makes our global network even more attractive.  For our southern German customers in particular, Munich Airport offers ideal conditions for the fast and reliable transportation of air freight, which ultimately also enables global business from another important European airport.  With the launch of our cargo operations out of Munich, we are laying the foundation for aligning our network even more closely with the needs of our customers in the future and continuing to manage it flexibly.”


Also commenting on the establishment of Lufthansa Cargo’s dedicated freighter service in Munich, Flughafen München GmbH’s CEO, Jost Lammers, added,


“The launch of regular cargo flights to Istanbul by Lufthansa Cargo is very good news for the Bavarian export industry and for Munich Airport.  Above-average growth rates in the current year have already shown that Munich Airport is also becoming increasingly important as a hub airport for cargo.  The attractiveness of Munich Airport as a cargo location will now receive a further boost through Lufthansa Cargo's commitment.”

Currently, Lufthansa Cargo operates a 38,000 square-meter facility in Munich (MUC), which also includes a state-of-the-art CEIV-certified Pharma Hub, where temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products are stored and handled under optimal conditions.  Previously, these goods have been mainly transported worldwide via belly-hold capacity on Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Discover Airlines, Austrian Airlines and SunExpress flights.  Lufthansa Cargo’s MUC hub is also connected to a wide-ranging RFS network, facilitating seamless onward connectivity by road.


With revenue of €3.0 billion and 7.5 billion freight ton kilometers in 2023, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading air freight companies, employing approximately 4,150 team members worldwide.  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 airline is currently equipping their fleet of dedicated 777 Freighters with Sharkskin technology to reduce drag and expand their SAF program to further reduce CO2 emissions.  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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