What do Houston Texas and Stavanger in Norway in common?
For the sales force at Lufthansa Cargo, it’s quite simple – “Oil & Gas.”
As of 8 November, the German carrier will commence services linking Houston, Texas and Stavanger in Norway with a weekly, day 6 operation on one of their brand new Boeing 777F aircraft. Stavanger is the third new route introduced by the carrier within four weeks after adding Lagos and Tunis to its network.
Both cities are well known as Oil & Gas areas where equipment and supplies for this industry are both produced and needed on a regular basis.
Alexander Kohnen, Lufthansa Cargo’s Director Sales & Handling for the Nordic and Baltic regions says, “Houston as well as Stavanger both ship time-critical technology for the offshore and below sea-level oil production and speedy transport of this equipment is of utmost importance for this mode of transport.”
He goes on to say that “our direct all-freighter connection between these two cities enables us to bring time-critical express shipments to almost any point worldwide within 24 hours.”
Eye on oil & gas…
The Lufthansa Cargo manager and his Nordic team have had their eye on the oil & gas segment for some time now.
It was only earlier this year that CargoForwarder Global was witness to Lufthansa Cargo’s plans for entry into this lucrative market, when Alex Kohnen gave a convincing presentation at the Air Cargo Forum in Stockholm as to how the carrier sees developments for cargo transport in the Nordic countries.
… and salmon, too
It looks like his arguments have been heard and hence the start of all freighter services.
Norway is also the world’s largest producer of fresh fish, particularly salmon. Much of this is uplifted all over the world by air and this new freighter service surely also gives the LH Cargo team space to sell for this high quality product.
The B777F has one of the most modern temperature controlled main deck and belly holds.
Stavanger as a new LH Cargo B777F service follows shortly on the heels of the recently published new cargo flights to Tunis and Lagos with the LH MD-11F aircraft.
John Mc Donagh