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Lufthansa starts daily freighter flights to Shanghai

By Staff Reports on April 7, 2014

Lufthansa Cargo’s new Boeing 777F started serving Shanghai Pudong Airport, allowing the carrier to have daily flights to the city.  

“We are strengthening our position in China considerably through the use of the best freighter in its class,” said Christian Haug, regional director North and Central, to more than 100 representatives of the logistics industry in Shanghai. “The 777 is already setting standards in reliability and other areas in just the first few months since we introduced the new aircraft model.”

Shanghai is Lufthansa Cargo’s largest freighter station in the global route network. With the arrival of the third 777, the fleet is now big enough to allow the company to serve this long-haul route daily with the new freighters.

As a sign of the special ties with China, the Boeing 777F bearing registration D-ALFC was christened “Ni Hao, China” (“Good Day, China”) on arrival in Shanghai. The idea to give the aircraft this name came from the winning submission to a public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo in order to find a naming convention for its fleet in advance of the arrival of the B777.

From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, a jury opted for the central theme, “Say hello around the world.”