EUROPE/CIS: Lufthansa Cargo looking to expand freighter fleet

Lufthansa Cargo (LC) is looking to expand its fleet by 25 per cent in the next four years and is considering options for new freighters or passenger conversions. Achim Martinka, the carrier’s vice president for the Americas, said LC was looking for six “MD-11 equivalent” freighters and would announce its decision by the end of […]


Lufthansa Cargo (LC) is looking to expand its fleet by 25 per cent in the next four years and is considering options for new freighters or passenger conversions. Achim Martinka, the carrier’s vice president for the Americas, said LC was looking for six “MD-11 equivalent” freighters and would announce its decision by the end of March. Martinka ruled out further MD- 11s, telling a media briefing in New York, “We need a more economical, environmentally friendly aircraft.”He said Lufthansa could convert existing passenger B747-400s or acquire B777 freighters. It has no 777s in its passenger or freighter fleets, but AeroLogic, the LC/DHL joint venture, operates 777Fs exclusively. Martinka said Lufthansa Cargo was “quite happy with the experience.” He added that LC may return to wet-leasing freighters, as it did before the downturn, to cover any shortfall in capacity ahead of new aircraft being delivered.