Lufthansa Cargo’s upcoming summer schedule will see a raft of new frequencies on routes to and from Asia, as the carrier enlarges its freighter network, increasing global capacity by nearly 10 per cent.
Saying its “flexible network” is being adapted in response to customer demand, the new summer schedule – with effect 31 March – also incorporates the capacity of the two brand-new B777Fs recently delivered to Lufthansa Cargo and AeroLogic.
There will be a number of new frequencies on routes to and from Asia, including:
• an additional two flights per week will be added to the freighter connection from Frankfurt (FRA) to Tokyo Narita (NRT);
• besides the daily B777F, an MD-11F will now also connect Tokyo Narita with Frankfurt via Novosibirsk (OVB) on Wednesdays and Fridays, thereby offering an additional 170 tonnes of cargo capacity;
• Osaka (KIX) will be flown three times rather than twice weekly with an MD-11F;
• Seoul Incheon (ICN) will also be connected on the outward leg from Frankfurt, taking Lufthansa Cargo’s total number of South Korean frequencies to nine a week;
• Hong Kong (HKG) will be flown from Frankfurt with an MD-11F daily instead of six times a week, offering an additional 85 tonnes of freighter capacity per week on this route;
• in India, there will be new connections to Mumbai (BOM), with seven weekly flights then being offered there and the offering from Frankfurt to Chennai (MAA) will be doubled – with an AeroLogic (3S) B777F calling twice a week;
• Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) will see a doubling of flights with an AeroLogic (3S) B777F calling twice a week.
There will also be additional flights to North America: Atlanta (ATL) will be served seven times a week instead of the previous six and Chicago (ORD) is scheduled for twelve flights a week instead of eight from the summer.
There will be changes to the aircraft used to serve Central and South America: A Lufthansa Cargo B777F will be used in the future on the new direct flights to Mexico City (MEX) and on the rotations from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires (EZE) via Viracopos (VCP) and Montevideo (MVD).
The LH B777F will also be used from Frankfurt to Viracopos via Curitiba (CWB), as well as on the direct flight from Frankfurt to Viracopos, with a stop in Dakar (DSS) on the return leg. This will facilitate new direct flights between Europe and South America that will reduce the flight time between the two continents by several hours, the carrier says.