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Seamless cargo network for Star Alliance members?

FRANKFURT: December 09, 2015. Following the addition of Fukuoka and Sapporo to the Lufthansa Cargo/ANA network, the German carrier has announced it is seeking a similar-styled arrangement with United Airlines for flights between the U.S. and Europe. All three carriers are members of the Star Alliance.

LH Cargo ANALufthansa Cargo says it is discussing "a wide variety of possible elements" with United Cargo in order to create a seamless network that could include an alignment of IT services and warehouse facilities. With the outcome dependent on U.S. and EU regulatory approvals, no launch date has been announced.

Meanwhile the company has launched an 'e-Services' app that provides constant shipment tracking; an overview of all current bookings; and access to consignments with higher security requirements via an optional log-in. The app also enables the upload of preliminary claims, complaints and feedback, including photos.

According to Boris Hueske, Lufthansa Cargo program manager eCargo, the launch is another step in the company's service digitization.

In November, Lufthansa Cargo reported a 12.1 percent drop in revenue tonne-kilometers (RTKs); a 4.6 percent fall in overall load factor to 69.3 percent and 13.3 percent decline in tonnage compared to the same month last year.

Parent company Lufthansa Group cited "seven actual and three announced, but eventually not executed days of strikes at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines" for a subsequent decline in available cargo belly capacity and fall in traffic for the month.

For the year-to-date compared to 2014, Lufthansa Cargo reported a 2.8 percent fall in RTKs; a 3.4 percent drop in load factor to 66.2 percent; and a 2.3 percent decline in tonnage flown to 1.5 million. The biggest fall in RTKs was 7.8 percent for Middle East and Africa markets.

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