Preighter flight No. 50 with Lufthansa Cargo
Since last year, Lufthansa Cargo has already been offering its customers transport options in so-called preighters – passenger aircraft used for transporting cargo only. Recently, the 50th preighter connection from Frankfurt to Chicago was operated for the forwarding company EgeTrans Internationale Spedition GmbH based in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Since last December, important spare and production parts, especially for the agricultural and utility vehicle industry, have been transported on board the A340 and A350 aircraft. The carrier is thus once again demonstrating the importance of fast and reliable transports by air. By supplying factories with essential goods, they can continue production during the pandemic and strengthen the global economy.
"It makes us proud that we are able to offer such a tailor-made service to our longtime partner EgeTrans. The wide-ranging expertise within the Lufthansa Group enables us to find quick solutions for our customers and to react to the constantly changing requirements," explains Achim Martinka, Vice President Germany at Lufthansa Cargo.
"The Lufthansa Cargo preighters fly like clockwork - the airline's reliability and the customer-oriented support from the Stuttgart sales department are a real added value for us," adds Florian Naujocks, Air Freight Manager at EgeTrans, who is primarily responsible for and initiated the preighter project.
Due to the shortage of loading capacities in the bellies of passenger aircraft, Lufthansa Cargo has been regularly operating cargo-only transports in specially equipped passenger aircraft since last year. Since March 2020, the cargo airline has operated about 1,500 such flights worldwide. This made it possible to maintain global supply chains even during the pandemic and to ensure the transport of urgently needed goods, such as medications or medical equipment.
EgeTrans Internationale Spedition GmbH
As a medium-sized and internationally active family business, EgeTrans has been offering customised forwarding and logistics services combined with first-class service since the 1950s. The core competence lies in supply and distribution logistics in the field of sea and air transport.
As a premium logistics service provider, integrated transport concepts are created that allow customers to react quickly and safely to market requirements. Together with a worldwide partner network, the company coordinates the various transport options on water, in the air and on land to enable a seamless value chain. In addition to its headquarters in Marbach am Neckar, EgeTrans is represented by two further locations in Chicago (USA) and in Santiago de Querétaro in Mexico.
Lufthansa Cargo AG
With a turnover of 2.8 billion euros and 6.5 billion revenue tonne-kilometres in 2020, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world's leading companies in the transport of air freight. The company currently employs about 4,400 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and SunExpress, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo aligns its corporate responsibility commitment with the sustainability goals of the United Nations (UN). Lufthansa Cargo has committed itself to anchoring five selected sustainability goals in its corporate activities and to making a substantial contribution to achieving these goals by 2030. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Lufthansa Group’s logistics specialist.