Frankfurt - Lufthansa Group plans to include two Boeing 777F more into its cargo fleet this year, expediting the retirement of the old MD-11Fs.
Besides the two 777F expected by AeroLogic, a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, the German Group expects to receive two more Boeing 777F for Lufthansa Cargo in the coming months.
Commercial director of Lufthansa Cargo Dorothea von Boxberg says that it is the most comprehensive fleet renewal in the company history.
Two out of 12 remaining MD-11Fs in service will leave the fleet this year. Lufthansa Group, the parent company of the both Lufthansa Cargo and AeroLogic, currently operates five Boeing 777F at Lufthansa Cargo and ten 777F at AeroLogic.
Boxberg recalls that the Boeing 777F allows the carrier to save up to 15% in operating costs compared to the MD-11F.
The new 777Fs of the Lufthansa Cargo will be deployed on routes between Frankfurt-Mexico City and Sao Paulo-Viracopos airports. They will also allow the German freighter operator to increase frequencies on existing routes to Osaka, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chicago, and Atlanta.
The replacement of the last ten MD-11Fs is still under discussion within the company, as no phase-out date has been set to date.