LONDON – Lufthansa Cargo has added freighter services to Hanoi, doubling its capacity in Vietnam.
The New Service…
The carrier inaugurated Hanoi on November 2, with the flight coming from Frankfurt, with a stopover in Mumbai, reaching the Vietnamese destination by November 3.
Such services are going to operate on a twice-weekly basis, meaning that services into Vietnam by the German cargo carrier will increase to four weekly, adding to the twice-weekly service into Ho Chi Minh City.
Their flagship Boeing 777 Freighters will be used for these services. They are operated by AeroLogic through a joint venture with DHL Express.
The total of four weekly flights into Vietnam offers a total cargo capacity of 250 tons per week.
Commenting on this launch was Ashwin Bhat, the Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Cargo:
“With our freighter connection to Ho Chi Minh City, we have been closely connected to the Vietnamese market since 2015.”
“With our station opening in Hanoi in the north of the country and thus in an advantageous location to the economic highway to North and Southeast Asia, we are ideally supplementing our transport offering for our customers with another direct connection to Frankfurt and thus also to our European and global network.”
“Our network is growing with frequencies and destinations to highly demanded routes, including Hanoi, Seoul, and Hong Kong. We are delighted to expand our quality service offer to our customers by connecting economies”.
Making Use of Additional Aircraft…
Back in August, it was revealed by the carrier that they had received an extra Boeing 777 Freighter to help meet the demand of the booming cargo industry.
They also announced extra flights in the 2022-23 schedule to meet the ever-growing post-pandemic demand for freight services, including key destinations in Asia and North America.
For the 2022-’23 schedule, there will be a total of 78 weekly Boeing 777F flights, mainly on routes to Asia, which is seen as a very lucrative and attractive market.
The airline has finally added Hanoi, Vietnam, to its network; being a country of mass-producing goods, which often sees the need for air cargo.
The Hanoi flight will be served two times a week via Mumbai from its origin of Frankfurt, starting at the beginning of November.
Vietnam is no stranger to Lufthansa Cargo, as the airline already flies to its financial hub of Ho Chi Minh via Bangkok, further increasing its footprint in Vietnam.
As well as the South East Asian market where the airline is gaining ground, flights to Seoul, South Korea, will also be increased from three to four weekly flights via Japan’s Kansai airport. Flights to Hong Kong, China, will also be increased from four to five weekly flights.
Extra capacity and frequencies will also be up for booking on the anticipated 24 weekly freighter rotations between North America and Europe.
The freighter service from Frankfurt to Mexico City (MEX) will see a witness in frequency from five to six flights. Frankfurt to Chicago flights will see daily flights per week to eight flights weekly.
The German cargo carrier has also increased its footprint in other regions. In Latin America, Lufthansa Cargo will be maintaining its four weekly routes to the continent.
Whilst other connections to and from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv and Cairo will see each destination being serviced twice per week on the B777F.
It remains clear that Lufthansa Cargo is on a strong path to further success, with the new Hanoi flights definitely offering that perspective to the rest of the world.