: BUSINESS INFO II :
Cargo expands service at Hartsfield-Jackson
By DeAllous Smith
Lufthansa Cargo has increased capacity on its weekly,
nonstop flights between Atlanta and Frankfurt, Germany. The carrier
began using its new Boeing 777 freighter for this service on February
Airport officials believe Lufthansa Cargo’s new 777 service
will strengthen Atlanta’s position as one of the most important
cargo hubs in North America.
“Lufthansa Cargo’s increased investment into the state
of Georgia is further evidence of the Airport’s growing role
in and reputation for offering an excellent value to cargo companies
worldwide,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta.
Lufthansa Cargo also operates an MD-11 freighter at the Airport.
The Boeing 777 will carry larger items, such as generators and aircraft
engines, that are too large for MD-11s. In fact, the new 777 transported
its own spare engine on its inaugural flight to Leipzig/Halle Airport
“We’re definitely seeing a rise recently in cargo business
to and from the Atlanta market,” said Warren Jones, Aviation
development manager. “Hartsfield-Jackson offers a location that’s
geographically desirable for both cargo carriers and freight forwarders
who want to expand their global networks with lower operating costs.”
Thirteen all-cargo carriers operate at Hartsfield-Jackson. In 2009,
Hartsfield-Jackson was honored as Air Cargo Week’s Airport of
the Year, becoming the first U.S. airport to earn the top prize among
the annual World Air Cargo Awards. It was the second major honor in
2009 for Hartsfield-Jackson’s cargo operation, which earlier
received Air Cargo World magazine’s Award of Excellence for
the best North American cargo operations in its category.
first Boeing 777 service into Hartsfield-Jackson is welcomed
with a water-cannon salute.
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