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Without us, there would be no German economic miracle, says Lufthansa Cargo

[ April 17, 2024   //   ]

Air freight remains essential for the German economy, said Lufthansa, marking Supply Chain Day, on 18 April.

The carrier said that no other mode offers the necessary speed to transport time-critical, temperature-sensitive, and valuable goods, for urgent spare parts, vaccines, relief supplies or animals on their way to a new home.

The Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) association launched Supply Chain Day in 2008 to bring the diversity of industry closer to the publicCompanies, organizations and institutes open their doors to the public on Supply Chain Day – both on site and online – to provide insights into the exciting tasks and diverse job profiles of logistics.

To mark the event Lufthansa Cargo is inviting interested parties for a behind-the-scenes look at its Cargo Center in Frankfurt.

Head of handling Frankfurt, Thomas Rohrmeier, said: “Air freight remains a growth market, and the stable supply chains we can provide are indispensable. This is especially essential in times of global tensions and changing customer needs. For this, we need innovative solutions that meet our requirements, those of our customers, and society.”

The carrier is investing around €500 million in construction and modernization of the site, which handles 80% of Lufthansa Cargo’s global cargo volume and significantly determines its operational stability.

It also aims to halve net CO2 emissions through reduction and compensation measures compared to 2019. “A large portion of our emissions occur during flying,” said environmental manager, Brian Kowalke: “Therefore, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are an important lever for reduction, which we already use and which already enable more sustainable flying today, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil fuels.”

In addition, the airline’s freighter fleet is gradually being equipped with AeroSHARK technology, a surface film developed by Lufthansa Technik and BASF which reduces friction and fuel consumption.