Lufthansa Cargo has added many additional frequencies and increased capacity by approximately 10 per cent in its 2019 summer schedule with Asia the main focus for network enhancements.
The German freighter operator said it is keeping its “dense and extensive network of freighter connections flexible in line with demand in order to best meet customer requirements”.
Numerous additional freighter connections will be added to its offering with the forthcoming schedule change and the new summer schedule also incorporates the capacity of the two brand-new Boeing 777Fs recently delivered to Lufthansa Cargo and AeroLogic.
There will be many new frequencies on routes to and from Asia – and another two flights per week will be added to the freighter connection from Frankfurt (FRA) to Tokyo Narita (NRT).
Besides the daily Boeing 777F, an MD-11F will now also connect the city in Japan with Frankfurt via Novosibirsk (OVB) on Wednesdays and Fridays, offering an additional 170 tonnes of cargo capacity.
Furthermore, Osaka (KIX) will be flown to three times rather than twice weekly with an MD-11F. Seoul Incheon will also be connected on the outward leg from Frankfurt, taking Lufthansa Cargo’s total number of South Korean frequencies to nine a week.
Lufthansa Cargo will fly to Hong Kong (HKG) 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. The offering from Frankfurt to Chennai (MAA) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) will be doubled – with an AeroLogic (3S) Boeing 777F then travelling there twice a week.
There will also be additional flights to North America – as in the future, Atlanta (ATL) will be served seven times a week instead of the previous six and Chicago (ORD) is scheduled for 12 flights a week instead of eight from the summer.
There will be changes to the aircraft used to serve Central and South America.
Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F only 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) and 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 the freighter carrier said will facilitate new direct flights between Europe and South America that will reduce the flight time between the two continents by several hours.
The summer schedule will come into effect on 31 March 2019.