Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent joc.com
LONDON – Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways Cargo will launch joint freight services from Europe to Japan on August 3, eight months after they joined forces on the westbound route.
The joint service will initially cover Germany, France, the UK and Austria before expanding “step by step” across Europe, the German and Japanese carriers said in a joint statement.
“This means that European customers will also have access to the shared network of the two airlines made up of over 90 weekly direct flights between Europe and Japan.”
The world’s first cargo joint venture launched in December with ANA transporting cargo booked by Lufthansa from Tokyo to London Heathrow.
The carriers are jointly managing network planning, pricing and sales on all routes between Japan and Europe. Freight is also handled at several stations in shared warehouses in Europe and Japan.
“Demand has been consistently high since the partnership began,” said Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. “By the end of April, more than 800 additional consignments had been carried with a total volume of around 940 tonnes.”
Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo flights currently connect Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Vienna with Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka.