July 09, 2018: Lufthansa Cargo’s operation of two brand new Boeing 777 freighters has been approved by Lufthansa Group’s decision making bodies. Lufthansa Cargo ordered Boeing 777 freighters in May this year. The jets are expected to be ferried from the Boeing plant in Seattle to their future base in Frankfurt Main in February and March 2019.

“We are thrilled to welcome two brand new freighters to our triple seven fleet. This major investment in the future of Lufthansa Cargo has been made possible by last year’s outstanding results. This is a fitting reward for the tremendous efforts of all Lufthansa Cargo employees and emphasises that we have taken the right course at an early stage," said Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the executive board of the cargo airline.

The new aircraft will enable a modernisation of the fleet and are expected to replace MD-11F in the long term. Given how well the market is performing at the moment, Lufthansa Cargo will continue to operate some of the MD-11Fs earmarked for retirement for the time being so as to provide customers with more valuable cargo capacity as needed.

“This allows us to fully participate in the market growth but respond flexibly to signs of change. Accordingly, we will decide on when to phase out individual MD-11Fs based on the market situation. Our strategic goal remains to operate a solely B777F fleet going forward,” said Gerber.