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World Worldwide transport: Lufthansa Cargo expects a high share in vaccine distribution

15:50  29 november  2020
15:50  29 november  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Any partnership between Lufthansa Cargo and another airline needs to be approved by antitrust authorities before it is announced, he said. In the summer, when travel peaks, Lufthansa Cargo transports over 50 percent of its freight in the bellies of Lufthansa passenger aircraft.

Lufthansa’s freight subsidiary is already planning to transport vaccines around the world. Particularly low temperatures are likely to be a challenge.

Lufthansa Cargo gehört zu den größten Frachtfluggesellschaften der Welt. © dpa Lufthansa Cargo is one of the largest cargo airlines in the world.

The Lufthansa wants to get involved in the global distribution of corona vaccines . In all probability, larger quantities would be produced in Central Europe, said the head of the freight subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo, Peter Gerber, of the German press agency. “In this case, it is clear that Lufthansa Cargo plays an important role.”

An important argument for Gerber, in addition to the European pharmaceutical capacities, is the established infrastructure at the Frankfurt hub, where imported pharmaceuticals can of course also be handled. According to the operator Fraport, there are currently around 14,000 square meters of "temperature-controlled" handling capacity available at Germany's largest airport, with the greater part being managed directly by Lufthansa Cargo itself. Last year, around 120,000 tons of vaccines, drugs and other pharmaceutical products were handled at Europe's largest pharmaceutical hub. However, that was just under 6 percent of the total freight.

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Lufthansa Cargo AG is a German cargo airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa . It operates worldwide air freight and logistics services and is headquartered at Frankfurt Airport

“We have a very long experience with flying products that need to be refrigerated,” says Gerber. According to his information, discussions at the expert level with the logistics service providers and the pharmaceutical manufacturers have been going on for months.

Because the first approvals are expected in December, vigorous negotiations are already underway. Gerber expects the transport orders to peak between May and October 2021. “The tenders are already running. We have of course contacted them and I assume that the first deals will be concluded shortly. ”

The particularly tricky issue is dealing with vaccines in the ultra-freezer range between minus 70 and minus 80 degrees, which the candidate of the Mainz company Biontech belongs. “We had to adjust to completely new requirements,” says the Cargo boss. “We are in a constant dialogue with forwarding agents and manufacturers in order to develop optimal processes.”

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Lufthansa Cargo also offers the transport of the above-listed animals and other species as air freight. Special rules apply to assistance dogs. Please note that because of local circumstances and restrictions, the transport of large animals in the cargo hold to certain destinations is not possible.

Transport in dry ice

These sensitive vaccination doses are likely to be transported in containers with a coating into which dry ice is placed. After all, Lufthansa has experience with this too, because bull sperm, for example, is currently transported around the world in this way. But these are of course much smaller amounts, says Gerber. “It's the very first time for vaccines. It is the first vaccine that has to be flown in such a deep frozen state. ”

There are also less temperature-sensitive vaccine candidates, but all of them need a closed cold chain. The vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are expected to be around minus 20 degrees in the freezer, while those from Novavax and AstraZeneca are expected to stay in a normal refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees. Frankfurt Airport can serve in any temperature range with large halls.

When it comes to distribution, Gerber advocates using the established and proven transport network first. “We are not only able to fly insulin back and forth between Frankfurt and Brazil within 18 hours, but also to distribute it a little bit in case of doubt.” In terms of the flow of goods, Lufthansa is primarily in Europe, Asia including Japan and in North and South America active. The scheduled airlines connect global freight centers such as Chicago, Frankfurt and Shanghai.

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Lufthansa Cargo Group comprises 18 air freight-related companies in the Lufthansa Group whose portfolios of destinations, capacity, products and services complement each other. Lufthansa Cargo AG and seven other providers of belly and/or main deck capacity form the core of the Group.

Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world ’s leading cargo carriers. Lufthansa Cargo Shipment Tracking. Create transparency on the transport status of your shipment. It operates worldwide air freight and logistics services and is headquartered at Frankfurt Airport, the main hub of Lufthansa .

Africa and the Middle East, on the other hand, are the priority areas of the Arab airline Emirates , although Gerber wants to get involved here too. From March of next year he will be head of the Belgian Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines, which traditionally has a strong network on the African continent.

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