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Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo offer new freighter service Hong Kong – Munich (v.v.)

03 Jun 2004

Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo will launch their first freighter operation to Munich, providing customers with more choice and further enhancing Hong Kong as the world's busiest international air cargo hub. The new service is a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo and scheduled to commence on 15 August 2004.

Cathay Pacific has wet leased a Boeing 747-200 to operate the turnaround service from Hong Kong to Munich with a stopover in Dubai. The aircraft will depart Hong Kong three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will leave Munich accordingly on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Munich is the second largest hub in Germany. With the cargo market forecast to pick up in August, the new service will provide more choice and additional capacity for customers on top of the airlines' current services to and from Frankfurt.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "Cathay Pacific is committed to the Hong Kong cargo community and we are delighted to offer this new international service to Munich. The new service can further strengthen Cathay Pacific's European network and provide more choice for our customers."

Jean-Peter Jansen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo, added: "The new joint venture flights with Cathay Pacific are adding South Germany to our highly frequent freighter services from Hong Kong. Now we can offer our customers direct freighter flights from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich."

Cathay Pacific Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo have had a successful joint venture co-operation for the past 23 years. This is one of the oldest joint ventures in the worldwide air cargo industry.