Lufthansa eyes growth amid challenges
Otto said Lufthansa Cargo was looking to act as a GSSA and sell belly-hold cargo on traffic lanes where the volume would be supplemental to its own business rather than competing with it.
The company has managed the belly-hold capacity for group subsidiary Austrian Airlines but could exploit this capability more widely, as it had done when selling cargo capacity out of Germany on US Airways’ passenger airplanes prior to the carrier’s merger with American Airlines. Otto claimed Lufthansa could manage “five or six belly networks,” not necessarily for Star Alliance members.
He also revealed that the carrier would be re-launching its td.Flash express product later this year after many years when it had not invested in this market segment.