Published on March 15th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
New Lufthansa Cargo A321F Service to Dublin
In recent weeks, Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of their first Airbus A321F Freighter and the aircraft made its first revenue service on Tuesday afternoon with a flight from Frankfurt to Dublin. The aircraft was recently converted to a freighter configuration having previously operated for Niki and Eurowings. Under flight number LH8350, the A321F took off from Frankfurt to Dublin before continuing on to Manchester. The freighter, named “Hello Europe,” was loaded with express freight and general cargo on its maiden flight. The twin-engine aircraft is operated by Lufthansa CityLine. With this market launch, Lufthansa Cargo is responding to the continued growth in demand from the e-commerce industry and can thus offer customers even more capacity and additional fast connections. Lufthansa Cargo currently operates a freighter fleet of 15 of its own Boeing 777F aircraft with a second A321F medium-haul freighter is expected to enter service later this year.
Following today’s first service, Lufthansa Cargo will be adding Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Malta, Tunis and Cairo to its global route network by deploying the A321 freighter. These destinations on the freighter network will be served two to three times per week. Before the Airbus A321F took off on its first commercial flight, a christening took place at Frankfurt Airport, with the aircraft being named ‘Hello Europe’.
The Airbus A321F which have been converted to freighters offer a payload of 28 metric tonnes with a range of 3,500 kilometres. The conversion allows the use of standardised cargo pallets on the main deck as well. The twin-engine Airbus A321 is one of the most versatile aircraft in its class, with the ability to transport containers on the main deck, it offers fast loading and unloading, enabling highly efficient flight operations.
Commenting on the first revenue service for the Airbus A321F with Lufthansa Cargo, the Chairperson of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, Dorothea von Boxberg said, ”The addition of the medium-haul network is an important step in further opening our company to attract business segments such as the fast-growing e-commerce sector. Lufthansa Cargo can now offer its customers same-day and e-commerce solutions within Europe and to selected medium-haul destinations. The new aircraft will serve a wide range of customers and routes, both scheduled and charter. We look forward to providing much-needed capacity in the European market and further strengthening our position as the leading air freight carrier in Europe.”