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FRANKFURT/HONG KONG: October 07, 2016. Lufthansa Cargo has moved its handling at Hong Kong to the freight terminal of its business partner Cathay Pacific.

The move is designed to benefit customers with a single location for export drop-off and import delivery, said the airline.

Cathay 747 approaching Kai Tak airportAs part of their cooperation agreement, the airlines expect to move their first shipment from Hong Kong to Europe on February 01, next year with shipments in the return direction scheduled for 2018.

"We are very pleased to share a handling location in Hong Kong. There will be many advantages for our customers and it represents an important milestone for the start of our partnership at the beginning of the year," said Lufthansa Cargo chairman and CEO Peter Gerber. "The teams of both airlines can now work on the optimal coordination of their handling processes."

Lufthansa notes its joint activities with Cathay - including IT and sales development - will be carried out "in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong".

Simon Large, director Cargo at Cathay Pacific, added: "Bringing Hong Kong, the world's busiest international air cargo hub closer to Europe, and thereby strengthening one of the world's great trade lanes is what our cooperation is all about. Lufthansa Cargo's move into the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal is an important first step."

What for many was a last step took place on October 08 when Cathay celebrated the retirement of its last B747-400 with a special charity flight for its staff. The 60-minute roundtrip included a flyover of Victoria Harbour and the former Kai Tak airport (pictured: the landing approach) for some 300 employees who had made a minimum donation of HK$747 to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

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