AeroLogic unveiled

German airline Lufthansa (LH) Cargo and the DHL Aviation division of mail and logistics group Deutsche Post have settled on the new brand name of their 50/50 cargo joint venture. The JV, formerly known as NewCo has been named AeroLogic. The cargo newcomer will be airborne in April 2009 and service 17 global destinations, among […]


German airline Lufthansa (LH) Cargo and the DHL Aviation division of mail and logistics group Deutsche Post have settled on the new brand name of their 50/50 cargo joint venture. The JV, formerly known as NewCo has been named AeroLogic.

The cargo newcomer will be airborne in April 2009 and service 17 global destinations, among them Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mumbai and destinations in the US.

According to DHL’s Global Aviation CEO Charles Graham, 61 per cent of the total transport capacity will be marketed by DHL Express while LH Cargo will market the rest. From Monday to Friday the aircraft will fly on behalf of DHL with LH Cargo acting as co-loader. During weekends however, LH Cargo will deploy the freighters on their own intercontinental routes, mainly to the US.

"It’s a work sharing model that guarantees very high load factors and diminishes our costs," stated Carsten Spohr, CEO of LH Cargo during the presentation of the new carrier in Frankfurt in late January. He assured his customers "neutral transports" with no DHL access to the documents and shipping details.

As DHL manager Graham pointed out the flights enable his enterprise a substantial reduction of lead times for door-door transport between Europe and Asia and therefore, "they deliver additional value to our customers," he said.