Times are tough in the air cargo market despite fuel costs remain at all-time lows. China continues slipping in both export and import figures. The Feb-ruary figures, although one has to
take the Chinese New Year holidays into the picture, showed an almost 26 percent decline on exports and imports fell by almost 15 percent.
Despite this, Lufthansa Cargo plans to increase capacity of its four weekly freighter flights to Beijing by replacing the MD-11 freighter with the Boeing 777F on the route.
Many new destination changes as of summer 2016
An new weekly Lufthansa freighter service to Moscow has been in operation since March and is operated with an MD-11F every Monday to Domodedovo Airport and continues on to Ashgabat and Baku.
Qatar Airways Cargo will get direct cargo competition from Frankfurt when LH Cargo in-troduces a weekly (Friday) MD-11F on this route as of the start of the summer schedule.
Qatar already operates daily B777F flights from FRA to DOH. There have been significant increase in cargo flows into and out of Doha of late and maybe this is what has prompted LH Cargo’s management to step into this market.
Not only the Beijing all cargo service will be upgrade with the Boeing 777F.
Both Tokyo and Seoul which are served six times per week, will now be operated with LH cargo’s latest freighter flagship.
Hong Kong will also be served daily with six MD-11F flights and a Saturday connection using an AeroLogic B777F.
Vietnam’s, Ho Chi Minh City cargo service will double from one to two flights per week.
The USA market also gets additional capacity with a Friday direct flight from Frankfurt to Seattle, with the aircraft returning to FRA via Los Angeles.
Belly capacity also gets a boost
The German carrier also plans additional long-haul passenger operations during the summer.
A five times weekly passenger A340 service to Panama City started already as of March 2nd and a San Jose, California operation will come on line as of July.
Lufthansa Cargo has taken on the sales activities to fill the bellies of their daughter air-line, Eurowings.
Airbus A330 services already operate to the holiday destinations of Varadero, Punta Ca-na and Puerto Plata. Phuket and Bangkok will join this list as of end of March, as will Cancun and Mauritius from May.
Eurowings Boston service will start in June and Miami is planned as of September.
Quite some work for the LH Cargo sales team during the coming months as this is a no-ticeable increase in all freighter and belly capacity within the cargo network.
John Mc Donagh