Lufthansa Cargo turns 20

On 30 November two decades ago, Deutsche Lufthansa AG pooled its cargo activities in a separate company.


air cargo anniversary logistics centre Lufthansa Cargo Peter Gerber


On 30 November two decades ago, Deutsche Lufthansa AG pooled its cargo activities in a separate company. This was the birth of Lufthansa Cargo. Airfreight had always been an important business for Lufthansa and its predecessor companies. But the significance of its cargo activities surged when it created an independent company. Not only did it integrate the cargo business of Deutsche Lufthansa but the cargo flights formerly performed first by German Cargo and later by Lufthansa Cargo Airlines GmbH became a major pillar of the business. 

A few weeks after its official foundation, Lufthansa Cargo started operating with a fleet of five McDonnell Douglas DC8 freighters, ten B747-200Fs and two B737 freighters in January 1995. Twenty years later Lufthansa Cargo flies both with MD-11F and brand-new B777 freighters. 

“The foundation of Lufthansa Cargo as an independent company in the 1990s paved the way to a hitherto professionalisation of airfreight”, points out Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “Cargo went from by-product to core business that now accounts for almost 10 per cent of sales of the Lufthansa Group.”

“Lufthansa Cargo is well-prepared for the future with its strategy programme Lufthansa Cargo 2020,” he added. “We are shaping up Lufthansa Cargo for the future with the largest investment programme in our company’s history. Customers of the cargo airline will benefit from investments in new efficient aircraft, IT, digital processes and, not least, in the most modern logistics centre of the air cargo industry.”