Lufthansa Cargo is laying on a direct connection ex Frankfurt to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi since 30 March 2009. The once-weekly freighter service is operated with an MD-11F to the six-million strong Vietnamese metropolis. After a brief stopover, the flight continues to Hong Kong before returning to Frankfurt. Further capacities to and from Vietnam are available to Lufthansa Cargo customers in the belly holds of Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft operating Lufthansa flights thrice weekly between Frankfurt and Ho Chi Minh City.
Come 6 April 2009, Lufthansa Cargo will be drawing a further industrial region into its freighter network in India, with a weekly two-way freighter flight to Hyderabad from Frankfurt. This new flight ideally augments the capacities already available on Lufthansa passenger flights. With this addition to the network, Lufthansa Cargo is the first airline to offer a freighter service to the south Indian metropolis.
From 4 April 2009, Lufthansa Cargo is additionally offering a weekly service to Malta. The MD-11 freighter, on the return flight from India to Frankfurt, will stop over at Malta on Saturdays. The island state in southern Europe, with a strong export business (especially fish and high-tech products), traditionally plays an important role as an airfreight hub between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Jade Cargo International is to begin operating regular services with a Boeing 747-400ERF between China, India and Africa from 15 April 2009. The twice-weekly flights from Shanghai will be routed through Shenzhen to Chennai and then via Sharjah to Lagos in Nigeria. On the return flight from Lagos, the freighter will fly via Sharjah back to China.
"In the present difficult economic environment Lufthansa Cargo is making the most of market opportunities," said Lufthansa Cargo Chairman Carsten Spohr. "Vietnam, southern India and Malta have evolved into excellent markets for airfreight shipments in recent years. The integration of Nigeria in the route network of Jade Cargo International has, moreover, opened up attractive growth opportunities between Africa and Asia."