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Lufthansa Cargo Announces New Service

Cargo flights will connect Houston and Frankfurt, Germany

April 6, 2011

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A water cannon salute awaited the first Lufthansa Cargo flight on April 3.
Lufthansa Cargo is significantly expanding its network in the summer flight schedule.

A direct air-cargo flight between Frankfurt-Houston-Atlanta-Frankfurt began April 3, 2011 and will continue weekly service on Sundays with a Boeing 777F Aerologic Freighter.  The flight will arrive at 12:25 am and will depart at 2:40 am.

Aerologic, based in Leipzig, Germany is a 50/50 joint venture of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo AG. Aerologic has a fleet of eight brand-new aircraft Boeing 777F.

Lufthansa Cargo’s new flight in Houston is driven by customer demand on imports from Germany to Houston, including machinery, auto parts, cars and chemical goods. Major freight forwarders are supporting this flight.

Germany is the leading producer of wind turbines and solar power technology in the world. Oil and gas machinery is expected to make up a significant portion of the outbound cargo.

“Our new flights will make the network even more attractive to our customers,” said Dr. Andreas Otto, Lufthansa Cargo, member of the Executive board product and sales. “We will now be serving more than 20 cities in Asia direct with our freighters and expanding our position in the world’s major air cargo market.”

Lufthansa, through its daily passenger flight to Frankfurt, has enjoyed in Houston a 71% YTD growth on air cargo exports during the first quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010, exporting more than 1,800 Metric Tons of freight.

Imports tonnage totaled more than 1,200 Metric Tons handled during the first quarter of 2011. The introduction of the 777F freighter will increase capacity in and out of Houston allowing Lufthansa Cargo to have a stronger presence in the region.

Germany ranks as Houston’s 4th largest international air cargo trade partner. In 2010, air cargo trade between Houston and Germany totaled 14,400 Metric Tons. Imports: 10,300 Metric Tons (44.62% year-over-year growth). 2010 was the strongest year for air cargo at IAH to date.

Last year 389,075 Metric Tons of freight were handled. This amount represented a 16% year-over-year growth during 2010 as compared to 2009. During the first two months of 2011, IAH has seen a YTD growth of 8.6% overall, with the Europe region enjoying the most growth with 24.5% YTD growth.

With 35% of total air cargo trade, Europe continues to be Houston’s top region in the world for air cargo trade. The local economic impact of this weekly Lufthansa Cargo flight is $3 million per year.

If the operation is successful, Lufthansa Cargo will consider adding a second flight in the near future. 
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