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Aircraft. Lufthansa Cargo expands freight capacity

51 additional weekly flights from Germany and Austria to Asia and back

Seats will be removed from several passenger aircraft

In cooperation with Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo is further expanding the currently particularly scarce airfreight capacity between Europe and Asia. 

At present, 14 flights a week with B-777F widebody freighters with a standard load capacity of around 103 tons operate between Frankfurt and the Chinese mainland. From Easter onwards, 35 weekly flights with Lufthansa passenger aircraft will be added exclusively for cargo transport. Since the cabin space of these aircraft can also be loaded with cargo, this results in an average capacity of about 30 tons each in practice.

Specifically, there will be two daily connections from Frankfurt to Shanghai and one daily connection to Beijing with A-330/300 aircraft. One A-350/900 each will take off from Munich daily to Shanghai and Beijing. 

In order to further increase the possible cargo volume, especially for the transport of comparatively light goods such as protective masks, parts of the cabin interior of initially four Lufthansa aircraft will be removed. 

In Austria, the national airline is expected to provide 16 flights a week from Vienna International Airport for the transport of cargo from Easter onwards. Shanghai will be served eight times a week, Beijing five ones, Penang two times and Xiamen once a week. Passenger jets of the type B-767/300 and B-777/200 will be used.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency