AeroLogic expands network with two new routes to Asia and the U.S.
- DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo customers to benefit from network expansion and increased frequency
- Four non-stop Leipzig-Hong Kong flights per week
- Direct weekend flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Atlanta
- Currently largest Boeing 777F fleet in the world
The B777F is the most efficient and environmentally friendly long range wide-body freighter aircraft available.
AeroLogic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, is expanding its network, following delivery of two additional aircraft last month. The company is now introducing new daily flights from Leipzig to Hong Kong, four of them non-stop, and weekend flights from Frankfurt to Atlanta and Chicago during the current winter schedule.
The new additional destinations and increased frequency of non-stop flights will help both parent companies to strengthen the service offerings to their customers. Demand for Europe to Asia and Europe to U.S. remains stable, despite the weakened world economy, and is expected to increase in the mid term.
Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express, commented on the network expansion: "AeroLogic's new routes offer excellent opportunities for DHL Express. Trade between Europe and Asia remained at a high level during the recent crisis, indicating a structural demand in both regions for the other's products and commodities."
Currently largest Boeing 777F fleet in the world
Carsten Spohr, CEO Lufthansa Cargo, added: "With destinations in North America we can now further expand our dense network to the United States. Especially on weekends we see a high demand for capacity from and to our hubs in Atlanta and Chicago. With the Boeing 777 the Lufthansa Cargo Group can now offer its customers three different freighter types: the MD-11 of Lufthansa Cargo, the Boeing 747-400 of Jade Cargo International and AeroLogic's Boeing 777."
AeroLogic took delivery of two additional B777F aircraft in December and with a fleet of four is currently the largest operator of the B777F worldwide. The B777F is the most efficient and environmentally friendly long range wide-body freighter aircraft available. AeroLogic expects delivery of four additional B777F aircraft in 2010 (planned for June, July, September and December). With these aircraft, the airline can expand its route system to include further destinations and will achieve its originally planned network size and reach in the beginning of 2011.
Due to the use of the most modern technology available, AeroLogic can ensure a highly reliable, commercially and ecologically sound service to DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo customers. The airline established many new Europe-Asia routes when it went operational in summer last year, among others the express routes Leipzig - Bahrain - Singapore - Delhi - Leipzig on weekdays and the cargo routes Leipzig - Tashkent - Hong Kong - Leipzig on weekends.
Notes to editors
Air cargo and express shipment volume on the Europe to Asia trade lane grew at high rates for more than a decade before the current worldwide economic crisis set in. Traditional express shipments (small packages and documents) showed double-digit annual growth rates, while overall air trade between the two regions grew by more than eight percent annually over a period of several years. Trade levels remained high during the recent economic crisis and are expected to increase again, following its end.
Air trade for Europe to Asia and Asia to Europe lanes is expected to increase with an annual average of 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent respectively (tonnage). For detailed information on the development of Europe to Asia air trade and its prospects please see Boeing's World Air Cargo Forecast 2008/2009.