Lufthansa Cargo held a naming ceremony yesterday at Tokyo’s Narita Airport to welcome its latest B777F freighter to the fleet. The new B777F was officially named ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ (Good day, Japan).
In keeping with Japanese tradition, a sake barrel was opened and the aircraft was sprinkled with Japan’s national drink. The carrier notes that the name chosen for the new aircraft, ‘Konnichiwa Japan’, symbolises Japan’s importance as one of the most important markets for air cargo worldwide.
Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo says: “The greeting ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ expresses the close connection between Lufthansa Cargo and Japan. We are very proud to have been flying to the Land of the Rising Sun with our own freighters since 1969, thus contributing to trade between these markets.”
The company has been serving customers in Japan since 1961 and has been part of an air cargo joint venture with Japan’s ANA Cargo since 2014.
The principle behind the naming convention used for new Lufthansa Cargo freighters is based on a creative competition once organised by Lufthansa Cargo. The idea to “Say hello around the world” was ultimately chosen as the winner from more than 40,000 submissions and used to name the fleet.
The B777F that was named in Tokyo yesterday is already the sixth B777F freighter using this naming convention.