China Post and Lufthansa add Shanghai route

China Post and Lufthansa have agreed to run a joint e-commerce freight operation that will initially see a weekly service between Frankfurt and Shanghai.

The two companies have already been working together though the new agreement, using a Boeing 777F freighter would be the “foundation of a strategic cooperation”.

“The e-commerce business is in a vigorous development,” said Li Xiong, vice president of China Post Group Corporation. “Both China Post and Lufthansa Cargo are upgrading and innovating the business model.

“Under the concept of the Joint Freight Operation, the two sides have reached a further consensus on capacity agreement this time. We will jointly build a more stabilised and comprehensive channel of air mail transportation connecting China and Europe.”

This is particularly interesting as China Post has a 49% stake in domestic airline China Postal Airlines that has 22, Boeing 737s and seven 757s.

China Post and Lufthansa have focused on working together into Beijing and Guangzhou. Shanghai’s addition to the routes is a crucial development. In addition to the capacity agreement they were “jointly working on shortening transportation times, improving quality and further developing digitalisation”.

“We are very pleased that the excellent collaboration with China Post, which has been going on for many years, is now even gaining new quality within the framework of a strategic cooperation,” said Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

“It also reflects the growing importance of the cross-border e-commerce market. Together, we will be able to achieve even more for our joint customers on one of the world’s most important tradelanes.”