Lufthansa Cargo took delivery of its sixth new B777F at Frankfurt Airport Tuesday morning and will soon begin scheduled operations.
Lufthansa has ordered a further B777F, which is expected to be delivered this spring. Later this year, two MD-11F aircraft will be retired from service leaving Lufthansa Cargo with seven B777F and ten MD-11F aircraft. The fleet modernisation is due to be completed by 2025 at the latest, at which point the cargo carrier will only operate B777Fs.
The new aircraft from Boeing’s Everett, Washington facility and was received with a welcome ceremony after its official ferry flight with flight number LH8145.
Harald Gloy, chief operations officer and member of the Board of Lufthansa Cargo, personally welcomed the aircraft and its first crew. “We are delighted to welcome the sixth Boeing 777F freighter to our fleet today. This aircraft is the quietest and most efficient in its class – and therefore the freighter of our choice for our ongoing fleet modernisation”, says Gloy.
Lufthansa Cargo will use the new freighters to replace the MD-11F on its Mexico City (MEX) and Brazilian Campinas Viracopos (VCP) routes and to add extra frequencies to Osaka Kansai (KIX), Chennai (MAA), Hyderabad (HYD), Delhi (DEL), Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson (ATL), and Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
Aside from the additional B777F for Lufthansa Cargo, another B777F will be inducted into Aerologic’s fleet – Lufthansa’s joint venture with DHL.
The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, and an extensive road feeder service network.