Lufthansa Cargo has started selling Brussels Airlines’ belly capacity, expanding its presence in Africa. The first Brussels aircraft carrying cargo sold by Lufthansa will takeoff on September 1, but can be pre-booked 30 days in advance.
The deal means Lufthansa Cargo’s route network will be supplemented by a further 15 destinations – above all in West, East and Central Africa, directly from Brussels.
Meanwhile, the new co-operation gives Brussels Airlines Cargo customers easy access to Lufthansa Cargo’s worldwide route network with around 300 destinations in over 100 countries, stated Air Cargo News report.
With the marketing of the cargo capacities of Brussels Airlines, the cargo holds of 10 wide-body and 43 narrow-body aircraft will be added to the Lufthansa Cargo portfolio.
Lufthansa Cargo member of the executive board responsible for product and sales Dorothea von Boxberg said, “Thanks to the close co-operation between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo, our customers benefit from numerous new connections and destinations. We are very pleased that our worldwide network is thus becoming even more comprehensive and stronger.”
The deal was announced earlier this year. Brussels Airlines is owned by the Lufthansa Group.
Brussels Airlines Cargo global platform manager Reinout Puissant added: “As an Africa specialist, we add new destinations to the portfolio of Lufthansa Cargo and from a Brussels Airlines perspective, we can now make even better use of our freight capacity.”
Brussels Airlines is the fifth passenger airline whose cargo capacities are brought to the market by Lufthansa Cargo. Customers of the German carrier already have access to the cargo holds of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and SunExpress.
In addition, Lufthansa Cargo operates 17 cargo aircraft and uses freighter capacities of Aerologic, a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.
The new destinations added to Lufthansa Cargo’s network are: Banjul (BJL, Gambia), Conakry (CKY, Guinea), Freetown (FNA, Sierra Leone), Monrovia (ROB, Liberia), Abidjan (ABJ, Ivory Coast), Accra (ACC, Ghana), Ouagadougou (OUA, Burkina Faso), Lomé (LFW, Togo), Cotonou (COO, Benin), Douala (DLA, Cameroon), Yaounde (NSI, Cameroon), Kinshasa (FIH, Democratic Republic of Congo), Entebbe (EBB, Uganda), Kigali (KGL, Rwanda), Bujumbura (BJM, Burundi).