Thursday, June 02, 2022

Lufthansa Cargo Names One Of Its Boeing 777Fs After India

Lufthansa has named one of its younger Boeing 777F "Namaste India". The 1.8-year-old aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa in August 2020, though it only received its name at a ceremony held in Mumbai on May 31st. Just one of 11 Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777s is currently without a name. This is a second-hand jet from Emirates, which is still yet to receive the full Lufthansa Cargo livery.

Last year Lufthansa Cargo retired its final MD-11, meaning that its fleet is now solely comprised of Boeing 777Fs. Lufthansa can't seem to get its hands on its desired capacity quick enough, and as such, it recently placed an order for even more of the freighter Boeing 777.

On Tuesday, Lufthansa Cargo christened one of its two thus nameless Boeing 777Fs as "Namaste India", or hello India. The name builds on the pattern established by the carrier of naming its freighter aircraft after significant markets. The airline calls this guiding principle "say hello to the world".

Namaste India is intended to represent the connection between Lufthansa Cargo and the country. The airline has been servicing Indian air cargo since 1959. Its Boeing 777Fs currently fly to India eight times a week. This includes four Mumbai flights and two flights to each of Bengaluru and Chennai from Frankfurt. Lufthansa Cargo also utilizes space on passenger services to the country. At total capacity in 2019, the airline carried more than 108,000 tons of cargo to and from India.

Commenting on the naming, the airline's CCO, Ashwin Bhat, remarked,

"For decades, Lufthansa Cargo has been an important and reliable partner in and for India. I am extremely pleased to personally mark this partnership and success story in the context of this freighter naming ceremony in my home city. It is our goal to continue connecting India with other markets around the world and to support the strong development of the Indian economy."

02/06/22 Tom Boon/Simple Flying

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