DB Schenker has extended its global flight network with its own-controlled charters connecting America, Europe and Asia directly, for the first time in the company’s history. Last week, the first of two routings touching three continents took off from Munich Airport.

The new offer comes in addition to the major commercial block space agreements DB Schenker holds with preferred airline partners. It is a reaction to the ongoing lack of freight capacity on passenger flights. Every week, the 43 flights will enable transport of cargo as much as 135 wide-body passenger aircraft would hold.

The first new route runs from Chicago (RFD) via Munich to Tokyo (NRT) and Seoul (ICN) before flying back to Germany and from there again to the US. It is being operated by National Airlines and offers a combined weekly transport capacity of 400 tonnes.

The second connection will be launched at the end of February and alternates from Munich to Chennai (MAA) and Chicago (RFD), with a combined weekly capacity of 300 tonnes. Both routes will run for one year to provide stability in a challenging environment.

Thorsten Meincke, Member of the Management Board for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker said, “As air passenger travel is still far from recovery, we have decided to create new and reliable cargo options for our customers. I am especially excited about our new routes via Munich Airport. Our existing and strong flight network will become even more global.”

Jost Lammers, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at Munich Airport said, “We are very pleased that DB Schenker, one of the most important and largest logistics service providers in the world, has chosen Munich Airport as the hub for its intercontinental cargo flights between the USA and the Far East. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is unfortunately a great deal of belly-load capacity missing due to the greatly reduced number of flights. This makes cargo-only traffic all the more important for Munich Airport. For this reason, Europe’s first 5-star airport not only offers passengers an excellent range of services, but is also at the highest level in cargo handling.”

In total, DB Schenker controls a global flight network spanning almost all continents. With late departures at key gateways in many markets, later cut-offs for shipment drop-offs can be realised. All connections are operated with Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 full freighter jets.

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