Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific rank second and third, respectively, among all airlines in international cargo traffic, trailing only Emirates. So their formation of a joint network to connect Hong Kong to Europe is an interesting move.
Regarding the agreement itself, the carriers said it would take the form of “a highly integrated bilateral cooperation.” How highly integrated? Lufthansa and Cathay say they “will work closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT, and ground handling.” Further, customers will be able to access the entire joint network through either of the partners’ booking systems, and the two carriers will offer joint handling at their hubs in Hong Kong and Frankfurt.
The agreement covers over 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 cities in Europe.
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