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Breaking News +++ LH Cargo and Chapman Freeborn Team up +++ Breaking News
The former competitors announced joining forces effective 1 April when the carrier’s subsidiary LH Cargo Charter Agency will be dissolved. What turns out to be a sad day for Reto Hunziker, Heide Enfield and their team at LH Charter is a joyful date for Russi Batliwala, Shahe Ouzunian and their crew at Chapman Freeborn.
Back to the core biz, that’s Lufthansa Cargo’s aim. And part of the core competencies is the chartering of the carrier’s own freighter aircraft for special transports. Soon, broker Chapman Freeborn will take on a substantial share of this task, making Lufthansa Cargo’s own Charter Agency and most of the company’s workforce the unlucky victim of this reorganization process.
Cooperating with the world’s leading charter specialist will strengthen the marketing of own aircraft capacities available at short notice, reads a release issued by LH Cargo. The text goes on stating: Customers will benefit from the cooperative tie-up on charter contracts, which Lufthansa Cargo does not handle with its own aircraft. For such transports, Chapman Freeborn with its 35 offices, worldwide, will be available as partner to customers of Lufthansa Cargo. 

“We will continue offering customers flexible and high-value charter solutions in the future,” emphasized Lufthansa Board Member Product and Sales Dr. Andreas Otto. “With the newly adapted structure, we are leaner and more focused, and can offer our own aircraft even easier and faster. Moreover, with Chapman Freeborn, the world’s leading aircraft charter specialist, we have gained a new and strong partner.”

The upcoming agreement provides that Chapman Freeborn will manage all of LH Cargo’s third-party chartering enquiries enabling the carrier to concentrate on marketing charter capacity on its own fleet of 18 MD-11Fs.

The pact will give LH Cargo’s global sales force and the carrier’s client base access to the full range of charter aircraft through CF’s worldwide network of currently 35 stations, ranging from small aircraft for time-sensitive shipments, up to giant An-225 “Mriya” for outsized and heavy air freight transports. 

“It’s a little premature to estimate the volume of this partnership, but we expect a positive impact in both sales and margin,” commented Chapman Freeborn’s Chief Operating Officer Shahe Ouzounian. Further he stated: “We are convinced enhancing the charter productivity of Lufthansa Cargo’s own fleet, while we thinkt it to be as importantly to offer their customers the full range of air transports.”

Despite this close partnership the broker stresses its ongoing neutrality in the marketplace and the specialist’s determination to continue collaborating with cargo airline capacity suppliers worldwide.
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