Defying the logic of the times

Logic would surely dictate that when you are in the middle of an unprecedented industry downturn, it’s not a particularly good idea to start up a new airline and pump more capacity into the very market you are pulling back from. But that is exactly what took place in an expansive new hangar in a […]


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Logic would surely dictate that when you are in the middle of an unprecedented industry downturn, it’s not a particularly good idea to start up a new airline and pump more capacity into the very market you are pulling back from. But that is exactly what took place in an expansive new hangar in a historic German city one sunny Friday inJune. Donald Urquhart has the story from Leipzig.

In a bold but largely unavoidable move, a new cargo airline has taken flight in what is arguably the harshest market conditions in the history of air cargo. AeroLogic, the new child of global heavyweights DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo was officially launched at its Leipzig hub last month after two years of extensive planning.

The joint venture all-cargo carrier is unique in that it sees the capacity of what will ultimately be an eight-plane fleet of 103-tonne B777 freighters shared between the two express and cargo partners.

Speaking at the launch, executives of both companies took pains to emphasise that while the cargo and express markets were in varying degrees of serious depression, the future promised to be much brighter and the raison d’être of the new entity was as valid as ever. And the carrierwill break-even in 2010, they said.