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Press article fom  09.03.2005

Air New Zealand Cargo lets the KIWI out of the bag

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 9th March 2005. The Frankfurt Hahn airport success story continues also in the freight sector: Along with Air New Zealand Cargo reorienting its business to the start of B747-400 Global Freighter services, Frankfurt-Hahn airport is now also on the New Zealand freight carrier’s timetable together with the Frankfurt Rhine-Maine airport. Accordingly, both airports will be flown to from Auckland via Melbourne and Shanghai. The airline then returns to New Zealand's capital city via Chicago and Honolulu. Air New Zealand Cargo is the ninth airfreight carrier providing scheduled service from Frankfurt-Hahn.

"For strategic reasons, we have planned our new timetable in such a way that during the week, i.e. every Thursday, there is a flight from Auckland to Frankfurt Rhine-Maine, and on the weekends, i.e. every Sunday, there is a flight to Frankfurt-Hahn," reports Ludwig Hamburger, Regional Manager of Air New Zealand Cargo for Europe and the UK. Hamburger and his team see this service as a great motivation toward bringing the 'airline from the other side of the world, or the land of the long white cloud' closer to the European market. According to Hamburger, both airports, Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Hahn, are important hubs in the European freight market. That is why Air New Zealand selected them as stations.

The New Zealand airfreight carrier communicated its new worldwide orientation just a few of days ago: until now, Air New Zealand Cargo worked in cooperation with Deutsche Lufthansa in which it flew with an MD11 from Frankfurt Rhine-Maine, initially to North America (New York, Chicago, Atlanta) and from there on to Auckland, Melbourne and Bangkok.

Starting in April, Air New Zealand is now carrying its airfreight single-handed. The MD11 is being replaced by a B747-400 with a capacity of 119 tons corresponding to approximately 144,000 bottles of New Zealand wine to be distributed worldwide. The Shanghai destination is being incorporated in the network.

"It is not only exporters from New Zealand that will appreciate this scheduled and direct freight service. We also expect significant benefits from the China-Europe route," says Paul Reid, General Manager, Cargo at Air New Zealand.

For Jörg Schumacher, General Manager of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH, this is yet another milestone in the history of the airport’s freight business: "With the decision by Air New Zealand Cargo to include Frankfurt-Hahn as a destination, we are once again proving we are well positioned in both the European and international freight business. The synergy effect with our parent company, Fraport, is also functioning flawlessly. Our position as the fourth largest freight airport in Germany has become even firmer". The prognosis for the overall volume of freight to be handled in 2005 at Frankfurt-Hahn is about 220,000 tonnes including road feeder service.

Visit www.airnewzealand.co.nz/cargo or call +49 (69) 697-66790 for more information about Air New Zealand Cargo.

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Air New Zealand Cargo lets the KIWI out of the bag; from the left: Sylvia Konietzko / Cargo Services Officer; Uwe Pochert / Cargo Manager; Kiwi (Fritz Weber / cargo employee), and Ludwig Hamburger / Regional Manager, UK/Europe

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