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  • Joe Breitfeller

Lufthansa Cargo Welcomes Lenovo on CO2 Neutral Flights as New SAF Customer

Lenovo, another global player, has joined DB Schenker as a new SAF customer with Lufthansa Cargo. Lenovo uses regular cargo flights between Shanghai and Frankfurt, and will now reduce greenhouse gases by 78 tons in the transport of IT hardware with SAF.

DB Schenker shipment of Lenovo products on the apron at Frankfurt Airport. (Photo: Lufthansa Cargo / Oliver Roesler)

On Tuesday (January 11, 2022), Lufthansa Cargo announced that Lenovo has joined DB Schenker as a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) customer with Lufthansa Cargo. Lenovo uses regular weekly cargo flights between Shanghai and Frankfurt, and will now reduce greenhouse gases by 78 tons weekly as they transport IT hardware on flights powered by SAF. The global hardware technology provider has decided to fly 20 tons of chargeable weight per week from Shanghai (PVG) to Frankfurt (FRA) with Lufthansa Cargo, on the only regular full charter connection worldwide that is 100 percent covered by SAF. Lenovo’s environmentally friendly shipments will include laptops, notebooks, and PCs for both private and corporate clients.

In Tuesday’s announcement, DB Schenker’s Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight, Thorsten Meincke, said,

“Our unique SAF full charter flights help corporates to make their shipments more sustainable. Lenovo is a major customer for this game-changing initiative and an example how shippers are keen for real change towards greener transports. We look forward to seeing further companies who would like to prioritize decarbonizing their supply chains together with us.”

Also commenting on the company’s commitment to CO2 neutral flights, Lenovo’s Head of Global Logistics, Gareth Davies, said,

“Sustainability is critical to our business and mission of delivering smarter technology for all. We are proud that we are further enhancing our solutions through this collaboration with DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo. For all businesses and individuals, adopting programs that improve sustainability is incredibly important and we are delighted about this new partnership.”

Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ashwin Bhat, added,

“Our joint effort with DB Schenker to avoid CO2 emissions is continuously growing stronger. An increasing number of customers realizes that we need to work together across industries to achieve our shared goal. Only together, we can make a real difference. With our SAF-covered flights, we are doing pioneer’s work.”

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launched the world’s first SAF-covered full charter flights between Shanghai and Frankfurt and Shanghai in April 2021, and extended the joint mission throughout the entire winter flights schedule. By choosing SAF full charter flights offered by DB Schenker in cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo, Lenovo will save around 20 tons of conventional kerosene weekly, thereby reducing 62 tons of greenhouse gases weekly. Additionally, around 16 tons of CO2e from the production and transport of SAF are offset by compensatory measures, resulting in full carbon neutrality.

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, employing approximately 4,400 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. Lufthansa Cargo 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/Mynewsdesk

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