Lufthansa and DB Schenker open new air freight route from Frankfurt to Shanghai

Aslak Berge

Increasing demand for airborne fresh salmon in China.

“DB Schenker will start a weekly freight service from Frankfurt to Shanghai, from 1 April,” DB Schenker Head of Air Freight Morten Würgler told SalmonBusiness.

Rising demand
The air freight specialist is responsible for the transport of fresh salmon from Europe to overseas markets, primarily in the Far East and the United States. Now, in step with rising demand, DB Schenker is jointly choosing another major German charterer, Lufthansa, to set up a new weekly offer.

“Initially it was a visionary idea from DB Schenker, which Lufthansa Cargo liked and decided to join,” said Würgler.

Star Alliance partner Lufthansa’s major hub is in Frankfurt.

Test flight
“After a successful planning and test flight, with great support from exporters in both Europe and China, it has been decided to start a weekly scheduled service Frankfurt-Shanghai-Frankfurt,” he said.

Würgler noted that salmon farmers must have the fish in place at Oslo Airport in good time in order to fly it to China.

“Salmon producers must deliver the salmon in Oslo, on Tuesdays for collection in Shanghai, on Friday morning,” said Würgler.

PHOTO: Schenker

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