Lufthansa Cargo honours top agents in New Delhi as India network and capacity growth gets momentum

Lufthansa Cargo, the cargo division of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, honoured its top performing cargo agents in recognition of their contribution to the airline’s impressive growth at a function held yesterday evening at Roseate House, New Delhi. Top performers were listed from the New Delhi hub.

Certificates of appreciation were handed out to the freight agents by Lufthansa Cargo CEO Ashwin Bhat. Galaxy Freight received the accolade for being the top agent under the td.Zoom (top-priority and time-sensitive shipping) segment, Penta Freight under the active pharma category and Nippon Express in the passive pharma shipments segment, while ASR Freight, C.H. Robinson India and United Worldwide Couriers were honoured under the general cargo shipments services category.

“Our success hinges not just on numbers but on the relationships we foster and the service we provide. It’s the dedication of our team in Delhi and across the globe that truly keeps the flag of Lufthansa Cargo flying high. So, to our valued partners, we extend our sincerest gratitude for your unwavering support and collaboration,” said Bhat.

“Our commitment to India is unwavering, and we’re here for the long-haul, ready to expand wherever we can facilitate global business, always staying aligned with market demands and product innovation,” he expressed.

“In India, particularly in Delhi, there’s a palpable sense of growth and ambition permeating the air. The atmosphere here is electrifying, with growth reaching double digits. At Lufthansa Cargo, we’re fully committed to seizing these opportunities. Whether it’s through strategic freighter operations or seizing market opportunities, our goal remains clear: enabling global business. With your support, we’re determined to fuel the growth of global trade and business,” Bhat added.

“While our passenger belly operations thrive across South India, we aim to reclaim our former glory in Delhi and Mumbai. We appreciate the support of our colleagues and business partners, and their recognition of us as a network carrier and that we’re here for the long-haul. We aim to reignite these partnerships and continue delivering exceptional service,” said Shankar Iyer, Head of Sales and Handling – South Asia, Lufthansa Cargo.

“While our recent milestone of hitting 110 tons on a freighter may seem incidental, it underscores our commitment to this market and our determination to overcome any challenges together. With our fantastic team and robust infrastructure, I have no doubt that we will rise to meet every challenge and exceed expectations,” he added.

Lufthansa Cargo is operating freighters to and from key Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. This is in addition to the belly cargo capacity of 64 weekly flights to its Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna hubs in Europe and onward connections to the biggest network on the European continent.

The airline also offers its unique products like time-critical and top priority shipping solutions to Indian customers, such as td.Zoom, td.Pro and td.Flash, thereby providing customers comprehensive choice in terms of speed, transit times, and to choose a price-performance ratio that meets their individual needs. These services can be used in conjunction with the carrier’s existing services, such as general cargo, dangerous goods and emergency and customers can book add-on services such as sustainable choice to reduce CO2 emissions.

In addition to the recently expanded A321F service on short and medium-haul routes, Lufthansa Cargo, the 16th-largest airfreight carrier by volume, offers 83 weekly connections with currently 16 Boeing 777 freighters to intercontinental destinations and markets the belly capacities of more than 6,000 flights operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Discover Airlines and SunExpress.

The carrier’s fleet is expected to grow to 18 B777 freighters by the end of the winter flight schedule and another freighter may be added soon between Delhi and Frankfurt, with a steadfast commitment to linking India to the world.

Unarguably, Lufthansa Cargo recognises India’s robust economic growth, rising e-commerce activities, and the need for reliable transportation solutions. By offering enhanced freight capacity, the carrier aims to facilitate the seamless movement of goods and support the country’s burgeoning import and export industry.

Lufthansa Cargo operates 11 aircraft under its own brand. Five aircraft are chartered from AeroLogic, a joint venture with DHL Express, and operated by AeroLogic on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo.

Reportedly, the largest carrier in the Indian market is currently Aerologic with 14 per cent share of the market.

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