Aug 02, 2016: Lufthansa Cargo, German airline, will send a total of five freighters to Brazil to transport sports gear, broadcasting equipment and further items required on site, before and after the Olympics.
On July 10 and 17 respectively, an MD-11F flew to Rio de Janeiro. Three freighters will bring the loads back to Frankfurt on August 24, 25 and 26.
Lufthansa, the official airline of the German Olympic team and co-partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), will fly the German team to the Summer Olympics in Rio the Janeiro.
"With Lufthansa, we have a reliable partner at our side since many years already, so that the Olympic team can relax and lean back on their journey. We are looking forward to the flight to Rio de Janeiro and this year, for the first time ever, we will be able to keep our fans up to date digitally from the aircraft, too," said Michael Vesper, DOSB president and chef de mission in Rio de Janeiro.
SWISS is the official airline and partner of Swiss Olympic and the Swiss Paralympic team and will operate a special flight to Rio de Janeiro for Swiss Olympic delegation.
Even LSG Sky Chefs is gearing up to handle additional orders that will arise due to the increased number of flights to Rio de Janeiro.
While the local catering facility produces around 6,000 flight meals on an ordinary day, this figure is expected to rise to between 25,000 and 30,000 per day during the Olympics. This additional production will involve extra staff and equipment for cooling and transport.
"For Lufthansa, the topic of sports and the promotion of young talents have been important for many years, and we are pleased that we are once again able to make our contribution this year,” says Bettina Volkens, chief human resources and legal officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.