Lufthansa Cargo has inducted a fourth Airbus A321 freighter, bearing the registration D-AEUJ.
Since November, the new narrowbody freighter has been operating in the operator’s short- to medium-haul network; adding capacity amid the airline’s ambitious expansion plans.
A321F: Meeting Cargo Challenges
The A321F, equipped with 14 pallet and container positions on the main deck and ten on the lower deck, boasts a formidable total payload of 28 tons.
This twin-engine medium-haul aircraft is not just a symbol of innovation but a solution for fast and flexible transportation in both scheduled and charter operations.
The A321F has been quickly inducted into service on the short- to medium-haul network, connecting key European destinations.
This involves operations from Istanbul to Helsinki, Stockholm to Birmingham, Dublin to Casablanca, and Copenhagen to Madrid.
Particularly heartening was the warm reception in Spain, where colleagues joyously welcomed the new freighter, aptly named “¡Hola España!”
Winter Flight Schedule
With the Continent under seasonal chill, Lufthansa Cargo continues its strategic expansion, optimizing the A321F network.
The winter flight schedule, effective from October 29, introduces two new destinations: Amman and a second leg to Stockholm.
Amman, the Jordanian capital, now enjoys a weekly connection to Germany’s central cargo hub, courtesy of A321 freighters.
Stockholm Arlanda, a hub crucial for pharmaceutical and temperature-sensitive goods, sees increased connectivity with three weekly flights.
This not only fortifies the transportation link between Frankfurt and Stockholm but also facilitates late deliveries, crucial for industries operating on tight production schedules.
Stavanger Joins the Network
On November 23, Stavanger was welcomed into the A321F network, becoming a weekly stop for the medium-haul freighter.
Operating every Thursday from Frankfurt to Stavanger (LH8356) and back via Copenhagen (LH8357), the addition of Stavanger completes the Nordic countries’ inclusion in the network.
Henning Oldendorf, Head of Sales and Handling Nordics & Baltics, expresses satisfaction, stating, “I am very pleased that with our latest additions we now connect all Nordic countries to the rest of the world with our A321 freighter fleet.”
Lufthansa Cargo’s Vision
Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, envisions a comprehensive network. “In total, we will serve 18 destinations in the short- and medium-haul network on more than 32 weekly flights with Airbus A321 freighters,” says Bhat.
This expansion reflects not only high demand but also positive feedback from customers, reinforcing the company’s strategy to enhance capacity and offer fast connections through A321F operations.
Beyond short- and medium-haul routes, Lufthansa Cargo extends its global reach with 83 weekly connections using 16 Boeing 777 freighters.
Collaborating with partner airlines, belly capacities on over 6,000 flights enhance the network’s robustness.
With the fleet set to grow to 18 B777 freighters during the winter flight schedule, Lufthansa Cargo is poised for even greater heights in the evolving world of air cargo.
In 2022, important milestones were reached, such as the investment in the continuous expansion of the B777F fleet, the expansion of short- and medium-haul networks with A321 freighters, and the continuation of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel program.
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