Lufthansa Cargo 777F delivery to begin in fall 2013

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Published: August 18, 2012

Aerologic 777 and Lufthansa Cargo MD-11. By Kurt Hofmann

Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) will take delivery of the first of five GE 90-powered Boeing 777 freighters in the fall of 2013, followed by two in 2014 and two in 2015 ( ATW Daily News, May 20, 2011 ).

LHC will decide if it will convert the five options over the next several weeks. “To have [aircraft] options gives us flexibility,” LHC executive board member-operations Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht told ATW in Frankfurt. It is unclear if LHC will use the 777s for fleet expansion or replacement of its 19 MD-11 aircraft.

LHC and its AeroLogic joint venture [with DHL Express] operate eight 777Fs. “The 777F saves 17% fuel compared to an MD-11. If we operate 19 777s, the fleet needs the same amount of fuel for 11 months compared to 19 MD-11Fs in 12 months,” Rupprecht said.

The Lufthansa Group uses 10 million tons of Jet A1 kerosene annually. LHC said it has reduced fuel burn by 4% since 2005, or 1.9 tons per flight.

LHC is targeting a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and a 50% reduction in net CO2 emissions by 2050.

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