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Lufthansa and DB Schenker launch first CO2-neutral cargo flights

GERMANY's Lufthansa Cargo, DB Schenker has staged the industry's first CO2-neutral freight flight, whose fuel requirements will be completely covered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

30 November 2020 - 19:00

GERMANY's Lufthansa Cargo, DB Schenker has staged the industry's first CO2-neutral freight flight, whose fuel requirements will be completely covered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Lufthansa Cargo's Boeing 777F took off from Frankfurt to Shanghai and will return as the first CO2-neutral freight flight made possible by a cooperation with forwarding giant DB Schenker.



The logistics service provider and the air freight company will transport goods from Siemens Healthineers AG, among others, on this flight.



'Even in the most severe crisis that has ever hit aviation, Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker are facing up to their responsibility for climate protection and are operating their first freight flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai entirely with sustainable alternative fuel,' said German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer.



'This is an important signal right now that the companies are looking to the future despite all the concerns and are taking important steps to make aviation more sustainable.'



Said Lufthansa Cargo CEO Peter Gerber: 'With this flight we are committed to increased research and use of SAF so that sufficient quantities of the alternative fuel will be available in the future.'



Said DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes: 'With the start of the 2021 summer flight schedule, DB Schenker will offer greenhouse gas-neutral air freight as a regular product. '



Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is from recycled vegetable and cooking oil, which can be added to conventional kerosene as a so-called drop-in fuel.


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