Lufthansa Cargo adds Boeing 777 freighter to modernise fleet

It is the eighth aircraft of this type in Lufthansa Cargo's freighter fleet, with another one expected in a few weeks.

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Lufthansa welcomed a brand-new Boeing 777F landed at Frankfurt Airport on 31 August, according to a press release. Registered D-ALFH, the cargo aircraft made its departure from Everett Airport  in Washington State, and the flight took 9 hours and 24 minutes.

It is the eighth aircraft of this type in Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet, as the cargo carrier expects another aircraft in a few weeks.

“The investments in our fleet are a significant contribution to the sustainable improvement of our economic and ecological efficiency. We want to make air cargo as fast, safe and environmentally friendly as possible,” said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo.

The new freighter aircraft now bears the name “Namaste India”, taken from a decommissioned aircraft with the registration D-ALCJ.

Lufthansa says the twin-engine Boeing 777F is around 20 percent more efficient and emits less CO2 than the previously used three-engine MD-11F. The new model also meets the strict noise protection requirements of ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Chapter 14.

Lufthansa Cargo announced the purchase of two brand-new cargo aircraft in November last year, and the new arrivals are said to be part of a fleet modernisation programme that began in 2014 and set be completed next year. 

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