Like the first aircraft, which entered service in March, the second A321F will be based in Frankfurt and be operated by Lufthansa CityLine under a wet lease agreement using Lufthansa Cargo flight numbers.
The second aircraft, D-AEUA, is being converted in Singapore and will have a payload of 28 tons on 14 pallets and container positions on the main deck and 10 on the lower deck.
In the first half of 2023, 2 more A321Fs are expected to join the fleet.
New destinations in the intra-European network include Birmingham, London Heathrow and Madrid, adding to the existing destinations of Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Malta, Tunis, Dublin, Manchester and Cairo.
Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Cargo says the A321F services offer shorter transport times within Europe, highlighting daily weekday flights to Birmingham and Dublin.
He says, “It is our goal to build a European Same-Day and eCommerce network and thereby establish Lufthansa Cargo as the leading European cargo airline and service partner in the market. In addition to Lufthansa Cargo’s high quality standards on the ground, the A321 freighter is a very flexible aircraft, which will enable us to build customised networks and solutions for our customers.”
Lufthansa Cargo started A321F services in March with the first flight operating between Frankfurt and Dublin.