Chile’s largest domestic and international airline, announced that its subsidiary, LanChile Cargo, has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Cargo to cooperate in the air cargo market between Europe and South America.
With effect from October 2002, Lufthansa Cargo and LanChile Cargo will be offering a joint cargo service between Europe and South America which in turn will provide their customers with significantly improved access to the respective markets.
From October 2002, Lufthansa Cargo will be flying MD-11 cargo aircraft five times per week from Frankfurt to Sao Paulo, including two flights operating via Rio de Janeiro and two via Buenos Aires. LanChile Cargo will have a permanent capacity allotment on these services in both directions.
At the same time LanChile Cargo will be increasing its cargo services to and from Europe from the current level of twice per week to three times. Flights will be routed to Frankfurt rather than Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Lufthansa Cargo will in turn be allotted capacity in both directions on the Frankfurt - Quito, Frankfurt - Lima and Frankfurt - Santiago de Chile routes, as well as on Frankfurt - Montevideo and Mexico City - Frankfurt flights.
As part of the agreed joint deal, Lufthansa Cargo will be serving the East coast of South America, while LanChile Cargo covers destinations on the West coast of the continent.
As it has no longer been possible to service the destinations of Quito and Lima since the suspension of Lufthansa passenger flights for Lufthansa Cargo this spells a significant expansion of its route network to date. This agreement strengthens LanChile Cargo’s position on the Latin America-Europe market as it provides it with an enhanced distribution network in Europe.
“We are delighted to have found such a professional and outstanding partner as LanChile Cargo with whom to cooperate in the South American market. This move not only opens up a larger route network for our customers, it also enables enhanced service thanks to the increased frequency of flights and an expanded air cargo schedule overall,” says Herbert Steppat, Senior Vice President Network at Lufthansa Cargo.
“This agreement with Lufthansa, one of the world’s best and largest cargo operators, is both a major step in LanChile Cargo’s development plan and a significant acknowledgment of our world class standards,” stated Cristián Ureta, Vice President Planning and Development at LanChile Cargo.
About LanChile Cargo:
LanChile Cargo is one of Latin America’s main cargo operators and provides air transport to more than 50 destinations in 20 countries with a focus on Latin America. It also provides door-to-door, courier and logistics services and holds stakes in regional carriers such as Absa in Brazil, MasAir in Mexico and Florida West in the United States. LanChile Cargo transports air cargo in the bellies of LanChile’s passenger aircraft, in its dedicated freighter fleet, in wet-leased or chartered freighters and in the bellies of other international airlines. In 2001, LanChile’s consolidated cargo operations generated revenues over US$530 million and transported more than 390,000 tons. LanChile is currently engaged in a corporate restructuring plan under which a new entity, the LanCargo Group, will be formed. LanChile Cargo, as well as the Company’s other cargo subsidiaries and affiliates, will be part of the LanCargo Group. This entity will be, in turn, the largest player in the Latin American cargo market.
About LanChile S.A.:
Lan Chile S.A. is the largest domestic and international passenger/cargo air carrier in Chile and one of the leading airlines in Latin America. Together with its code-share arrangements and affiliated airlines, the Company serves 15 destinations in Chile, eight destinations in Peru, 17 destinations in Latin America, 16 destinations in the United States, eight destinations in Europe and four in the South Pacific. Currently, the Company operates 43 passenger aircraft and 11 cargo freighters. LanChile is a member of oneworld (TM), the most international of the global airline alliances. It has bilateral commercial agreements with oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia and also with Alaska Airlines, AeroMexico, TAM and Varig. For more information visit www.lanchile.com or www.oneworldalliance.com.