Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo are to cooperate on a joint network between Hong Kong and Europe, promising more direct connections and greater flexibility.
Simon Large, Director cargo at Cathay Pacific, and Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, signed an agreement covering network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground-handling.
“Our joint network will cover more than 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 European destinations”, said Large. “Cathay Pacific’s large number of direct connections to multiple European destinations complements Lufthansa’s strength in Frankfurt, the most important European air freight hub, and in Europe through its dense feeder-network.”
Gerber said: “As a result of our joining forces, customers will gain access to unique flexibility with more flights to choose from and a combination of feeder and direct flights. In this way their cargo can reach its destination hours earlier. We will also have more options for shipments which have to be transported by freighter due to their size or properties.”
Customers will be able to access the entire joint network via the booking systems of both partners. Joint handling, initially at the Hong Kong and Frankfurt hubs, will mean there will be just one point for export drop off and import delivery.
The partners plan to transport the first shipments under the framework of the cooperation from early next year – initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in the course of the year.