Lufthansa Cargo receives last two 777Fs, announces final MD-11 flight date
Lufthansa Cargo, the cargo division of German airline Lufthansa, has just taken delivery of its last two Boeing 777Fs. The aircraft, registered D-ALFJ and D-ALFK, will be based at the airline’s hub at Frankfurt Airport.
These two new aircraft bring the Lufthansa Cargo fleet to eleven Boeing 777Fs. These are in addition to four aircraft of the same type operated by sister company AeroLogic. In a press release, Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, said that “we are pleased to be able to offer our customers the capacity of our fifteen highly efficient freighters. Thanks to the availability of core cargo on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings planes, which are gradually increasing their frequencies, we are building a dense network with global capacity ”.
The D-ALFK is a new aircraft from the Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. With this acquisition, Lufthansa Cargo has concluded its options to purchase freighters from the American manufacturer. The D-ALFJ, on the other hand, was bought on the second-hand market. Due to the excessive demand faced by the freight industry, and in order for the aircraft to be available as soon as possible, the aircraft will not immediately be painted in the Lufthansa Cargo livery. Therefore, in the meantime, the aircraft will be all white with only an inscription on the fuselage.
With these deliveries, Lufthansa Cargo has completed its program to expand its fleet of large aircraft. According to the specialist site planespotters.net, the airline has yet to add two A321P2Fs (D-AEUA and D-AEUC) from its sister company Lufthansa Cityline.
Date of last MD-11 flight announced
The last three-engined Lufthansa group, which is coincidentally the last MD-11 registered in Europe, now displays messages saying “Goodbye” and “Thank you, MD-11” engraved on its fuselage. With this Lufthansa Cargo salutes the model for over 23 years of service.
The last flights of the aircraft in question, the D-ALCC, will be to Cairo, Tel Aviv, Chicago and New York. Its last landing, at Frankfurt airport, is scheduled for October 15, 2021 at noon.