Lufthansa Cargo

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Lufthansa Cargo AG
Lufthansa Cargo logo
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F of Lufthansa Cargo
IATA code : LH
ICAO code : GEC
Founding: 1994
Seat: Frankfurt am Main , GermanyGermanyGermany 
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Frankfurt am Main

Home airport : Frankfurt am Main
Company form: Corporation
IATA prefix code : 020
Management: Peter Gerber ( CEO )
Number of employees: 4,568 (2016)
Sales: 2.1 billion (2016)
Freight volume: 1.63 million t (2015)
Fleet size: 13
Aims: National and international

Lufthansa Cargo ( LCAG for short ) is a German cargo airline based in Frankfurt am Main and based at Frankfurt am Main Airport . It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and in 2012, in terms of tonne-kilometers , the sixth largest cargo airline in the world.


Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 747-200F in 2001

Lufthansa Cargo was founded on November 30, 1994 as an independent logistics company within the Lufthansa Group . The former Lufthansa Cargo branch was spun off from the passenger airline Lufthansa ( called Lufthansa Passenger Airlines within the group ) and transferred to Lufthansa Cargo AG together with the subsidiary German Cargo Services GmbH, which had previously been founded by Lufthansa .

In 2005 Lufthansa Cargo withdrew its up to eight Boeing 747-200Fs at times . By mid-2008 Lufthansa used two further MD-11Fs and a 747-400F wet leased from World Airways . However, these leasing contracts have been terminated due to lower freight rates.

On October 28, 2007, at midnight, the Russian authorities issued an overflight ban vis-à-vis Lufthansa Cargo, apparently out of economic interests. Russia asked the German group to move its cargo hub from Astana Airport in the Republic of Kazakhstan to Jemeljanowo Airport in the Russian region of Krasnoyarsk (Siberia). In 2007 Lufthansa flew to Astana around 50 times a week. The Kazakh capital served as a stopover on the route to all of Asia. For the Russian cargo airline Aeroflot Cargo , which uses Frankfurt-Hahn Airport , a landing ban in Germany, which had been imposed by the German Federal Aviation Authority , was lifted after one day - apparently at the urging of the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Kurt Beck ( SPD ). In April 2008 Lufthansa Cargo and Jemeljanowo Airport agreed on a future collaboration.

In 2008, 46.7 percent of traffic revenue was generated in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by North America with 24.5 percent, Europe (11.9%), South America (8.7%), Africa (6.1%) and Middle East (2.1%). In October 2004, the Chinese cargo airline Jade Cargo International was founded in a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines (51%), Lufthansa Cargo (25%) and DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (24%) - until 2012. Flight operations began in August 2006. With this stake, Lufthansa Cargo has gained indirect access to the Asian air freight market. Lufthansa Cargo is also involved in the “International Cargo Center Shenzhen (ICCS)”, which was established in 2004.

AeroLogic , which went into operation in 2009, was founded at Leipzig / Halle Airport together with DHL .

To replace the aging MD-11, Lufthansa decided in March 2011 to buy five Boeing 777Fs , while options for five more machines were given. The first Boeing 777F ( aircraft registration D-ALFA ) was transferred from Everett near Seattle to Frankfurt am Main on November 9, 2013 . The 777F is 20 percent more economical than the MD-11 and significantly quieter.

In May 2011 Lufthansa Cargo opened a hub for temperature-sensitive freight at Hyderabad Airport in India . It is to be expanded to become the most important hub for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments in South Asia. The drugs were to be transported to the USA via Frankfurt .

On February 12, 2013, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, as CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, signed a cooperation agreement with “ Aktion Deutschland Hilft ”, an alliance of several aid organizations. In the event of a humanitarian or natural disaster, Lufthansa Cargo provides a cargo plane quickly and cheaply to fly relief supplies and operational material to the affected regions. This is intended to save the aid organizations in terms of costs and, above all, time. To reinforce the cooperation, Lufthansa Cargo has again provided the McDonnell Douglas MD-11F with the aircraft registration D-AICC with additional stickers.

With the start of the 2016/2017 winter flight schedule, the stopover in Siberia was moved from Krasnoyarsk to Novosibirsk. One reason for the relocation is that most flights over the Siberia route are now served by Boeing 777Fs that do not require a stopover. For the remaining flights with the McDonnell Douglas MD-11, maintaining a separate station in Krasnoyarsk had become too expensive, especially since all the necessary equipment is available in Novosibirsk and does not have to be kept in stock.


Lufthansa Cargo serves a route network with around 300 destinations on all five continents. In addition to the transport capacities of its own McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and Boeing 777 cargo aircraft, it also markets the cargo capacities of the more than 300 passenger aircraft (so-called belly capacities) of the Lufthansa Group and of Sunexpress aircraft .


Lufthansa Cargo's Boeing 777F in the livery that all aircraft had up to 2018, it has been gradually converted since then

As of April 2020, the Lufthansa Cargo fleet consists of 13 cargo aircraft with an average age of 12.4 years:

Aircraft type number ordered Remarks Capacity
(in t )
Boeing 777F 7th 02 103
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 6th Planned retirement of the fleet by the end of 2020 93.23
total 13 2

Basic data


The central air freight hub of Lufthansa Cargo is Frankfurt am Main Airport , Europe's second largest freight airport after Paris-Charles de Gaulle . The airport operator Fraport and Lufthansa Cargo work closely together. Lufthansa Cargo is the main user of “CargoCity North” and has been trying for some time to gain a foothold in “CargoCity South”. This CargoCity South is of particular interest because the vast majority of international freight forwarders - the main air freight customers - are based there. These companies ensure networking by land and sea. There are different views between Fraport and Lufthansa Cargo regarding the night flight ban . With the application to expand airport capacities, Fraport saw itself prompted to apply for a ban on night flights for all planned flights so that the expansion could be politically agreed. In contrast, Lufthansa Cargo calls for a “practicable night flight regulation”. For this reason, there is interest in moving nightly cargo flights to another airport.

After the release of the new parallel runway 07L / 25R in the night of October 30th to 31st, 2011 and the associated ban on night flights between 11pm and 5am, Lufthansa Cargo relocated its flights, which normally start at night, to Cologne / Bonn Airport . With the changeover to the summer flight schedule on March 25, 2012, the flights are to be operated again from Frankfurt and start early enough so that they are no longer affected by the ban. A report by the logistics - Professor Richard Vahrenkamp , after which a shift of the entire cargo air traffic of Lufthansa to Frankfurt-Hahn airport in Hunsrück would be possible disagreed Lufthansa Cargo early December 2011th


MD-11F of Lufthansa Cargo with WOW lettering

Lufthansa Cargo was a founding member of the first strategic aviation alliance of the air freight company WOW . The alliance also includes Singapore Airlines Cargo , SAS Cargo and JAL Cargo . For reasons similar to those of the Star Alliance , a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F ( aircraft registration D-ALCE ) flew in a WOW special livery until mid-2008 to advertise the logistics alliance worldwide. On all other machines, only different colored stickers indicate that they belong to the WOW. At the end of 2007 Lufthansa Cargo decided that the WOW logo, which had been on business papers (letterhead, business cards, etc.) until then, should no longer be used. In spring 2008, CEO Carsten Spohr declared that the air freight alliance had become largely superfluous due to its own dense route network. Accordingly, the WOW alliance will no longer be actively advertised and the lettering will be removed from the aircraft as part of the regular maintenance.

In April 2011 Lufthansa Cargo announced that a new freight pact based on the Star Alliance model was to be founded. Austrian Airlines' freight capacities have been integrated into Lufthansa Cargo's offering since 2010.

Lufthansa Cargo has been working with the Japanese airline ANA since September 2014 as part of a freight joint venture . A similar agreement was signed with United Cargo in December 2015 . Another cooperation was established with Cathay Pacific in May 2016, but the first shipments will not be sent out as part of the cooperation until the first quarter of 2017.

Operational participations

society Seat Share of capital (in%)
cargo counts GmbH 1 Hattersheim 100
handling counts GmbH Frankfurt am Main 100
LH Cargo Holding GmbH Kelsterbach 100
Lufthansa Shenzhen Management Co. Ltd. Shenzhen , People's Republic of ChinaChina People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China  100
Lufthansa Cargo Servicios Logisticos de Mexico SA de CV Mexico City , MexicoMexicoMexico  100
Jettainer GmbH Raunheim 100
AeroLogic GmbH Schkeuditz 50
Shenzhen Airport International Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd. Shenzhen , People's Republic of ChinaChina People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China  50
time: matters Holding GmbH Neu-Isenburg 100
Global Logistics System Europe Company for Cargo Information Services GmbH (Traxon Europe) Frankfurt am Main 47
Airmail Center Frankfurt GmbH Frankfurt am Main 40
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd Pudong , People's Republic of ChinaChina People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China  29
Global Logistics System Worldwide Company for Development of Freight Information Network GmbH (Traxon Worldwide) Frankfurt am Main 25th
Jade Cargo International Co. Ltd. Shenzhen, People's Republic of ChinaChina People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China  Operation ceased in 2012
1 The business of cargo counts was completely taken over by Lufthansa Cargo at the beginning of 2009, the company thus dissolved.


The crashed VT-LCI in December 1998
The MD-11F
D-ALCQ crashed in 2010
The 2013 damaged MD-11F D-ALCE

Lufthansa Cargo has recorded the following incidents in its history to date, some of which resulted in aircraft loss:

  • On July 7, 1999, a Boeing 727-243 (F) operated by Hinduja Cargo Services ( aircraft registration number VT-LCI ) on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo on Lufthansa flight 8533 five minutes after take-off from Kathmandu Airport in a chain of hills about 15 kilometers south from the airport of departure and completely destroyed. After taking off, the machine climbed insufficiently in a curve that was executed too flat and collided with the terrain at an altitude of 7,550 feet. All five crew members were killed. The main causes were the not reaching the departure procedure, the defective briefing by the captain, insufficient coordination within the cockpit crew and much too slow response to the repeated warnings of the ground proximity warning system (ground proximity warning system) (see also Lufthansa Cargo Flight 8533 ) .
  • On July 27, 2010 at 11:38 a.m. local time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11F (D-ALCQ) crashed on Lufthansa flight 8460 from Frankfurt to Hong Kong during a stopover at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The machine touched down with too high a rate of descent, broke in two, came off the runway and burned out. The two pilots survived. The final report of the Saudi aviation authority states that one of the main causes is that the copilot who was piloting the aircraft had flown to it with a sink rate that was too high and this error was not corrected by the captain. The rate of descent was around 800 instead of the usual 120 ft / min, and the crew did not follow the procedure provided for this case of maintaining the angle of attack and increasing the thrust; instead, the captain pushed the steering column forward, thereby increasing the rate of descent even further. After the second touchdown with 4.4 g , the structure gave way and the aircraft came off the runway to the left as it landed, where the aircraft burned out and had to be written off (see also Lufthansa Cargo flight 8460 ).
  • On November 24, 2013, from the touched Senegalese Dakar next MD-11F (air vehicle registration D-ALCE ) upon landing at the Viracopos airport in São Paulo in Brazil with the rear of the runway , and then the occupation by starting and then safely at the airport Viracopos landed. The incident is currently (as of November 2015) under investigation. The aircraft was damaged in the incident and there were no injuries.


See also

Web links

Commons : Lufthansa Cargo  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d - Annual Report 2016 accessed on April 3, 2017
  2. - Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometers ( Memento of 25 November 2014 Internet Archive ) (English), accessed on August 16, 2013
  3. Die Welt - Russia issues Lufthansa flight ban, October 30, 2007
  4. Die Zeit - "Beck wishes a good landing", November 8, 2007
  5. Lufthansa invests in passenger and freighter fleets. In: March 16, 2011, accessed September 29, 2016 .
  6. - Lufthansa Cargo refuses acceptance of the first Boeing 777F, October 29, 2013 accessed on October 30, 2013
  7. Heiner Siegmund: Lufthansa Cargo appraises the new 777 freighter. In: October 14, 2013, accessed October 16, 2013 .
  8. - Lufthansa Cargo opens the pharmaceutical hub in Hyderabad
  9. - Help faster together: Lufthansa Cargo and Aktion Deutschland Hilft start cooperation, February 12, 2013, accessed on April 3, 2017
  10. Lufthansa Cargo Fleet Details and History. In: March 28, 2020, accessed April 16, 2020 .
  11. ^ Boeing: Orders & Deliveries. In: March 31, 2020, accessed April 16, 2020 .
  12. - Fleet accessed on April 3, 2017
  13. Lufthansa Cargo wants to retire the MD-11 faster. Retrieved October 30, 2019 .
  14. Lufthansa Cargo: 10 years of Cargo Human Care e. V. - Press release details. Retrieved September 14, 2017 .
  15. ^ First silent night at the airport. (No longer available online.), October 31, 2011, archived from the original on December 28, 2011 ; Retrieved February 8, 2012 .
  16. LH Cargo is looking for a location for a “night jump”., November 15, 2011, accessed on February 8, 2012 .
  17. Lufthansa is discontinuing night flights from Cologne., February 8, 2012, accessed on February 8, 2012 .
  18. Lufthansa Cargo is not moving to Hahn., December 1, 2011, accessed February 8, 2012 .
  19. - Lufthansa makes a new attempt at the freight alliance
  20. - Lufthansa wants cargo alliance
  21. Handelsblatt - Lufthansa Cargo starts freight partnership
  22. - Lufthansa Cargo and United Cargo want to work together
  23. - Lufthansa Cargo enters into partnership with Cathay Pacific
  24. - Lufthansa Cargo takes over business from cargo counts, August 28, 2008
  25. Accident report Boeing 727-200 VT-LCI , Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on March 2, 2019.
  26. Flightglobal Archive: Hinduja 727 freighter accident leaves no clues . In: Flight International July 14 - 20, 1999. Retrieved April 20, 2016 (English)
  27. Final report of the Saudi Aviation Authority on the BFU homepage , English (PDF; 3 MB)
  28. D-ALCE flight accident data and report in the Aviation Safety Network , accessed on February 23, 2016.
  29. Simon Hradecky: Accident: Lufthansa Cargo MD11 at Sao Paulo on Nov 24th 2013, tailscrape on landing. In: The Aviation Herald . November 26, 2013, accessed March 23, 2014 .
  30. - McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Production List (English)