Lufthansa has purchased a used 777F from DAE Capital as it undertakes the next phase of its large-widebody growth [FATs 007712-7713].
Lufthansa Cargo told Cargo Facts that the 2012-vintage unit 35613, which arrived in Leipzig (LEJ) June 27, will join its active fleet by early August and that it will be operated by AeroLogic, the joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.
Unit 35613 was previously in operation with Emirates. Lufthansa Cargo, which said in May that it would buy a used 777F, added another ex-Emirates sister unit (35612) on lease from DAE Capital in the second half of 2021 and now operates eleven 777Fs.
Emirates confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had returned unit 35613 to its lessor and is expecting a new 777F from Boeing to arrive in Dubai (DWC) in July. That aircraft (67463) had its first flight on June 22, and is already in its full Emirates livery, joining another recent new delivery (67462).
AeroLogic, which currently operates twenty 777Fs with an average age of seven years, flies some for Lufthansa and some for DHL Express, including eight CMI units.
Apart from unit 35613, Lufthansa will expand its 777 fleet further with two more new 777Fs and become the third known customer to commit to Boeing’s 777-8F with an order for seven aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2027.
Cargo Facts reported in April that Emirates had returned unit 35613 to its operational fleet after the aircraft had been stripped of its livery and removed from service in December 2021. Cargo Facts believes the 777F was originally to be placed on lease to Russia-based AirBridgeCargo but that proved to be impossible due to sanctions resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.