Eurowings to offer bellyhold capacity

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Eurowings Airbus A330-200

Lufthansa Cargo is to sell the bellyhold capacity of Eurowings’ long-haul flights from 27 March.

Low-cost carrier Eurowings, which currently flies to more than 130 destinations across Europe from seven German gateways, as well as to locations further afield from Cologne-Bonn International Airport.

Eurowings will offer long-haul capacity to destinations such as Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Cancun in Mexico, Varadero in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Lufthansa Cargo board member with responsibility for products and sales, Alexis von Hoensbroech comments: “By integrating Eurowings’ belly capacities, the services we provide our customers become all the more attractive. Eurowings’ growing network is an ideal complement to our previous connections,” he notes.

Eurowings chief executive officer, Oliver Wagner adds: “Lufthansa Cargo is the leading cargo airline in Europe and has extensive experience in marketing the belly capacity of passenger airlines. This collaboration will help us make optimum use of the cargo holds on our long-haul jets.”

As well as the freight capacity of Eurowings, Lufthansa Cargo also offers customers freight space aboard Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines’ passenger aircraft, as well on the main deck of its total of 17 Boeing MD-11 Freighters and Boeing 777 Freighters. It also has access to eight 777Fs through its AeroLogic subsidiary.

Lufthansa Cargo carried a total of 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail in 2015, a slight decline compared to 2014 despite freight volumes increasing two per cent. Capacity increased causing the load factor to fall by 3.4 percentage points to 66.3 per cent.