EUROPE & CIS: Lufthansa Cargo enjoys 19% Q3 cargo surge

Lufthansa Cargo posted a 19.4 per cent increase in freight and a significantly improved load factor at the close of the third quarter of 2010. From January to September, the carrier transported about 1.3 million tonnes of freight, a year-onyear increase of 19.4 per cent. Measured by transported tonne-kilometres, sales even rose by 22.8 per […]


Lufthansa Cargo posted a 19.4 per cent increase in freight and a significantly improved load factor at the close of the third quarter of 2010. From January to September, the carrier transported about 1.3 million tonnes of freight, a year-onyear increase of 19.4 per cent. Measured by transported tonne-kilometres, sales even rose by 22.8 per cent. With only a moderate expansion of its capacity, up 5.9 per cent, meant that the cargo load factor improved by almost 10 percentage points to 71.1 per cent. “Lufthansa Cargo has so far made optimal use of the upswing this year,” emphasised Lufthansa Cargo chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr. “We were able to realise the targeted expansion of our offer, bringing about a significant increase in the load factors, and we intend to keep growing during the fourth quarter.” At the end of September, the last of the MD-11 Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11 freighters were reactivated from their temporary desert storage in California, bringing the fleet back to 18 freighters by end November. The cargo carrier also boosted its capacity into the Japanese market with 12 weekly flights from end- November, up from seven flights to date.