DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo have reportedly teamed up to carry out the first ever CO2-neutral freighter flights, powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The first of these flights will take place on November 29 and will operate from Frankfurt to Shanghai utilising a Boeing 777 freighter aircraft.

Goods from Siemens Healthineers and other companies will be transported on the flight.

The move follows Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker announcing earlier this month that they have agreed to exchange views on environmental issues and to jointly promote them — including the move away from fossil fuels in airfreight transport.

Peter Gerber, chief executive at Lufthansa Cargo said in the release, “With this flight we are committed to the increased research and use of SAF so that sufficient quantities of the alternative fuel will be available in the future. In addition to investments in a modern freighter fleet, our commitment to this CO2-neutral flight also contributes to the United Nations Climate Control Sustainability action.”

“Because Lufthansa Cargo takes its corporate responsibility very seriously and is actively taking measures to meet this responsibility and relieve the environment.”

Jochen Thewes, chief executive at DB Schenker added, “We are already further ahead than many think when it comes to climate protection in air freight. We can demonstrate this with the first CO2-neutral freight flight in history. With the start of the 2021 summer flight schedule, DB Schenker will offer greenhouse gas-neutral air freight as a regular product.”

“As a logistics provider, DB Schenker is the link between the loading industry and the airlines in order to actually implement climate protection in air freight. I am convinced that there is a great demand for this type of green transport and I am looking forward to seeing who will follow suit.”

SAF, the companies said, is thus “the first real alternative to fossil aviation fuel and the key to climate-friendly, CO2-neutral air traffic”.

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