Lufthansa likely to increase frequencies to India when B777Fs join the fleet
Jan 25, 2019: India is among the three markets that Lufthansa Cargo is likely to increase frequencies when the cargo division of the German carrier inducts four brand new Boeing 777 freighters during the course of 2019. The other two markets are Japan and the US.
'Actually four 777 freighters will come during the year (2019); that will allow us to add frequencies to destinations we already serve like in Japan, in India, and in the US %u2013 routes where customers really seek more capacities. That's good news for our customers I guess,' said Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Dorothea von Boxberg in a video interview posted on Lufthansa Cargo LinkedIn page.
Last year, in summer, Lufthansa Cargo announced its intention to purchase two 777 freighters aircraft to be stationed at its Frankfurt Airport base and to lease another for AeroLogic, the joint venture that Lufthansa Cargo has with DHL Express.
And recently on January 16, the carrier announced that it will take delivery of a fourth brand-new 777 freighter in the current calendar year. It will be leased from Boeing and operated by AeroLogic.
The additions to the German carrier's fleet are expected to arrive at their future Frankfurt base in mid-February and late March, while the first new jet for AeroLogic should reach at its base in Leipzig next month. The second B777 jet is expected to join the fleet in the fall.
While announcing the addition of the fourth 777 freighter, Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo said: 'This will effectively modernise our own fleet at our Frankfurt Airport base and further boost our efficiency and reliability. At the same time, we are focusing as a shareholder on growing AeroLogic.'
Lufthansa Cargo currently has 17 freighters in its fleet that include 12 McDonnell-Douglas MD-11Fs and five B777Fs.
In August 2017, Lufthansa had increased its weekly frequency to Mumbai to four from three flights earlier in response to the tremendous demand for air freight capacity out of India. In addition to its 10 weekly freighter flights to India covering Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, the airline offers belly space on passenger aircraft, which operate to India.