The cargo division of Cathay Pacific Airways, the leading air cargo carrier in Asia, and Lufthansa Cargo, Europe's largest air cargo carrier have decided to enhance their cooperation with a joint network from Honk Kong to Europe.
The two cargo operators recently signed an agreement for a highly integrated bilateral cooperation in Frankfurt in this regard. The agreement will result in more direct connections, greater flexibility and time savings combined with service enhancements.
Both airlines will work closely together in the future on network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground-handling, which will result in Hong Kong, which is the world’s busiest air cargo hub, getting closer to Europe.
“Our joint network will cover more than 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 European destinations. Cathay Pacific’s large number of direct connections to multiple European destinations complements Lufthansa’s strength in Frankfurt, the most important European air freight hub, and in Europe through its dense feeder-network,” says Simon Large, Director Cargo at Cathay Pacific.
As a result of the increased cooperation, customers will be able to access the entire joint network via the booking systems of both partners. Joint handling, initially at the Hong Kong and Frankfurt hubs, will also make things easier for customers since there will be just one point for export drop off and import delivery.
“As a result of our joining forces, customers will gain access to unique flexibility with more flights to choose from and a combination of feeder and direct flights. In this way their cargo can reach its destination hours earlier,” explained Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo.
“We will also have more options for shipments which have to be transported by freighter due to their size or properties.”
The first shipments under the framework of the cooperation are planned for transport from early next year by both partners, initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in the course of the year.
The leading air cargo carrier in Asia with its home base in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Cargo in carried a total of 1.8 million tonnes of cargo and mail in 2015. It currently operates freighter services to 46 destinations and also carries freight in the cargo holds of 140-plus passenger aircraft.
Ranking amongst the world’s leading air freight carriers, in 2015, Lufthansa Cargo transported around 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail. It serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, and an extensive road feeder service network.