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Lufthansa Cargo Increases Service to Asia, Africa, Mexico and More

For winter 2023/24, Lufthansa Cargo will offer 83 weekly Boeing 777F connections, including increased frequencies to Tel Aviv, Cairo, Hong Kong and Mexico City. The carrier will also add new service to Riyadh and Taipei.

Lufthansa Cargo Boaing 777 Freighter - Courtesy Lufthansa Cargo

On Tuesday (September 12, 2023), Lufthansa Cargo announced an expansion of their schedule for the winter 2023/24 season, which will include 83 weekly Boeing 777 Freighter connections. The carrier will increase frequencies to Tel Aviv, Cairo, Hong Kong and Mexico City, and will also add new service to Riyadh and Taipei. Lufthansa Cargo will market the capacity of 17 Boeing 777Fs by the end of 2023, while expanding their medium-haul network from September with the addition of a fourth Airbus A321 freighter.

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

“The market for airfreight is and remains volatile, but Asia and Mexico continue to be attractive, economically strong regions for us. The additional capacity of our 17th Boeing 777F in our long-haul fleet offers opportunities to specifically adapt the flight offering to the needs of our customers in these markets.”

From October 2023, Lufthansa Cargo will operate three weekly B777F services to both Tel Aviv (TLV) and Cairo (CAI). Frequencies to Hong Kong (HKG) will also be increased from six to seven weekly flights via Mumbai (BOM). From November, with the combined connection from Frankfurt to Taipei (TPE) via Riyadh (RUH), Lufthansa Cargo adds two new freighter destinations to their schedule, with twice weekly service. Taipei is a new destination, while Riyadh was previously served until 2020.

Lufthansa Cargo is also increasing frequencies to Mexico City (NLU) from six to seven weekly flights. As previously announced in July, all Mexico City flights were transferred to Felipe Ángeles International Airport, while numerous infrastructure measures were created, including truck shuttle services, to ensure the efficient transfer of shipments to the now passenger-only Mexico City Airport (MEX). The 2023/24 winter schedule is available for booking from October 8th, and comes into effect on October 29, 2023.

With revenue of €4.6 billion and 7.2 billion freight ton kilometers in 2022, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading air freight companies, employing approximately 4,100 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. In 2022, the company reached important milestones such as the investment of continuous expansion of the Boeing 777F fleet, the expansion of short and medium-haul networks with Airbus A321 freighters, and the continuation of the SAF program. 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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