Lufthansa retires Boeing flight out of Fairbanks

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lufthansa has retired its Boeing 747 cargo run out of Fairbanks. The jet lifted off Friday for the last time.

Lufthansa's management decided to pull the 747s from the Germany-Fairbanks-Japan run and instead use only smaller MD-11 jets for its 16 weekly flights. Lufthansa's 747s didn't carry freight efficiently enough to pay for their use.

The MD-11s will make the same runs, but with a slightly less cargo space than the 747s, said Wolfgang Kobitz, Lufthansa's district manager.

''Smaller, but not so expensive,'' Kobitz said.

Lufthansa decided to switch from Anchorage to Fairbanks 12 years ago to save a few minutes of flight time. Those few minutes translates into big money in the airfreight business.

Dave Carlstrom, who serves as airport marketing director for the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, said at least Lufthansa hasn't left the airport altogether. He hopes to bring more air freight companies to Fairbanks.

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