AeroLogic, a cargo airline jointly operated by DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, has officially begun operations. The venture has received delivery of its first Boeing 777F aircraft, in addition to obtaining an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the German Aviation Authority. AeroLogic will operate on routes between Europe and Asia, carrying cargo for customers of its two parent companies. According to the partners, the operation was set up to offer reliable and efficient air transport on the applicable trade lanes. At the outset, the airline will serve an express route linking Leipzig, Bahrain, Singapore and Delft on weekdays, and Leipzig, Tashkent and Hong Kong on weekends. By 2010, it expects to expand to offer direct connections to most of Asia's major metropolitan areas. AeroLogic will operate with eight leased 777F freighters, the first four of which are expected to be delivered this year. The aircraft has a payload capacity of 103 tons, and can fly distances of more than 9,000 kilometers. Cargo capacity will be marketed individually by the two partners. In the future, they said, AeroLogic will also serve Lufthansa Cargo's European Union-North America routes.
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