Lufthansa Cargo will take delivery of a fourth brand-new freighter in the current calendar year, leased from Boeing and operated by AeroLogic (3S) at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ). This will take the AeroLogic fleet to twelve aircraft this year, with this newest freighter expected to arrive in the fall.
“We are delighted to be in a position to put four brand-new freighters into operation this year,” Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “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, our fifty-fifty joint venture with DHL Express at Leipzig Airport,” Gerber adds.
In summer 2018, Lufthansa Cargo announced its intention to purchase two aircraft of this type to be stationed at its Frankfurt Airport base and to lease another for AeroLogic. The additions to the Lufthansa Cargo fleet are expected to arrive at their future Frankfurt base in mid-February and late March, while the first new freighter for AeroLogic should reach Leipzig in early February.
“We are contributing to the success of both of our partners through our flexibility,” adds Wolfgang Raebiger, managing director Finance of AeroLogic. “We are pleased that AeroLogic, offering one of the most modern and efficient freighter fleets in the world, is continuing to grow at Leipzig Airport.”
Lufthansa Cargo will market all of the capacity of these two freighters, while DHL Express added two freighters of the same type to the joint venture in 2017 and has since been marketing their capacity exclusively.
The cargo capacity of the other eight aircraft is mainly used by Lufthansa Cargo at the weekend and DHL Express at other times.