Lufthansa Cargo enhances Road Feeder Services at Frankfurt hub

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Lufthansa Cargo has awarded another major contract as part of its infrastructure programme at the Frankfurt hub, with the modernisation of the Road Feeder Services high-rack storage system.

The two companies Vollert Anlagenbau and Körber won the contract and will carry out the renewal of the RFS stacker’s mechanical, control and IT systems in the future.

"The modernisation of the RFS stacker is another important component of the extensive infrastructure program for the logistics centre at the Frankfurt site," saidHarald Gloy, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, Lufthansa Cargo. "In the future, our Road Feeder Services customers will benefit from shorter turnaround times and more efficient handling of transports by truck. With the help of a modern IT environment, we are ensuring the adaptability of the high-rack storage system with regard to upcoming technological developments."

Dirk Hejnal, CEO Körber Business Area Supply Chain, commented: “Körber's extensive experience in the supply chain technology - in this case in the fields of retrofit, automation and software - allows us to provide Lufthansa Cargo with a tailored solution for this project. With this, the cargo airline can fulfil the high expectations of today and tomorrow and deliver better customer service.”

Lufthansa Cargo will further develop and renew the logistics centre at its Frankfurt hub on a modular basis as part of its "LCCevolution" infrastructure programme. The new central high-rack storage system at the Lufthansa Cargo Centre is currently underway. The conversion of the RFS high-rack storage system, which is around 20 years old, will start in the second quarter of 2022.

Two stacker cranes will be replaced by new technology. The moving truck docks, for loading and unloading trucks with ULDs, will also be modernised. Completion of the RFS stacker conversion is planned for early summer 2023. The complete modernisation of the Lufthansa Cargo Centre is supposed to be finished in 2029.

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