Lufthansa Cargo completes its 50th ‘preighter’ connection from Frankfurt (FRA) to Chicago (ORD) for the forwarding company EgeTrans Internationale Spedition based in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
Since last December, important spare and production parts, particularly for the agricultural and utility vehicle industry, have been transported onboard the A340 and A350 aircraft.
The carrier began offering its customers transport options in so-called preighters – passenger aircraft used for transporting cargo only – from earlier last year.
Lufthansa notes that by supplying factories with essential goods, they can continue production during the pandemic which helps strengthen the global economy.
“It makes us proud that we are able to offer such a tailor-made service to our longtime partner EgeTrans,” explains Achim Martinka, vice president Germany at Lufthansa Cargo. “The wide-ranging expertise within the Lufthansa Group enables us to find quick solutions for our customers and to react to the constantly changing requirements,”
“The Lufthansa Cargo preighters fly like clockwork – the airline’s reliability and the customer-oriented support from the Stuttgart sales department are a real added value for us,” adds Florian Naujocks, air freight manager at EgeTrans, who is primarily responsible for and initiated the preighter project.
Due to the shortage of loading capacities in the bellies of passenger aircraft, Lufthansa Cargo has been regularly operating cargo-only transports in specially equipped passenger aircraft since last year.
From March 2020, the cargo airline has operated about 1,500 such flights worldwide. Lufthansa notes this made it possible to maintain global supply chains even during the pandemic and to ensure the transport of urgently needed goods, such as medications or medical equipment.
EgeTrans is a medium-sized and internationally active family business, which has been offering customised forwarding and logistics services since the 1950s. Its core competency lies in supply and distribution logistics in the field of sea and air transport. In addition to its headquarters in Marbach am Neckar, Germany, EgeTrans is represented by two further locations in Chicago (US) and in Mexico’s Santiago de Querétaro.