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Lufthansa Cargo Launches Second Flight

Cargo operations at Bush Airport continue to thrive

July 1, 2011

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  Lufthansa Cargo began Houston service with a water cannon salute on April 3, 2011.
Lufthansa Cargo is doubling its number of flights between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Frankfurt, Germany, as a second weekly frequency launched on June 16, 2011.

Lufthansa Cargo will utilize its MD-11 aircraft in operating the second flight, which flies from Frankfurt, Germany to New York City and then to Houston.  The original flight from Lufthansa Cargo, which began service on April 3, features the Boeing 777F Aerologic Freighter aircraft.  That flight travels from Houston to Atlanta, Georgia and then continues to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa Cargo’s new flight in is driven by customer demand on imports from Germany, including machinery, auto parts, cars and chemical goods.

“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 cities direct with our freighters and expanding our position in the world’s major air cargo market.”

With 35 percent of total air cargo trade, Europe continues to be Houston’s top region in the world for air cargo trade. Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world’s leading cargo carriers.

Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves some 300 destinations in more than 100 countries in a dense network spanning the globe.

That network is covering even more area now, since Lufthansa Cargo announced several new destinations available in a new summer flight schedule. Along with the Houston announcement, Lufthansa Cargo has also launched new service to destinations in China, Spain and Pakistan.  In addition to these new routes, the carrier has also shown its commitment to future growth with the finalization on the purchase of five new Boeing 777 freighters, valued at $1.35 billion.

As for the cargo operation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, it continues to provide Houston with an amazing success story. In 2010, the amount of air cargo being handled at Bush Airport increased by almost 16 percent, meaning an additional 58,000 tons of freight was processed during that time.

That upward trend is continuing in 2011. During the first quarter of the year, the amount of air cargo handled at Bush Airport increased by nine percent over the totals recorded in the first three months of 2010. The local economic impact of the new Lufthansa Cargo flight is $3 million per year. 
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