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Lufthansa Cargo’s final MD-11F arrived in Frankfurt, bringing an end to the group’s tri-jet era.

by Mahua Special Editor

The final Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 touched down at Frankfurt Airport local time, flight LH8161 from New York (JFK) landed on runway 07R ahead of schedule. Lufthansa Cargo ended a 23-year commercial operation run with the three-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft type. In addition to being the final European-registered MD-11F, D-ALCC will be sold to an American freight carrier.

A third MD-11 freighter (registered D-ALCC) joined the fleet in August 1998 after Lufthansa Cargo received its first two aircraft (previous registrations D-ALCA and D-ALCB). Lufthansa Cargo used 19 MD-11s, including the final two ever built (former registration D-ALCN, serial number 48806, delivered 25 January 2001) and the last two ever delivered (former registration D-ALCM, serial number 48805, delivered 22 February 2001).

The MD-11 cargo plane has a length of 61.4 meters, a wingspan of 51.7 meters, and a maximum height of 18 meters. Cargo capacity is up to 94.7 tonnes, split into 26 places on the main deck and up to 14 additional positions on the lower deck. Three General Electric CF6-80C2D1F jet engines propelled Lufthansa Cargo’s freighters with a combined standard thrust of 273.57 kN. This airplane could fly 7,242 miles on a single fuel tank because of its large takeoff weight (MTOW) and long range (range).

The twin-engine Boeing 777 freighters, which are significantly quieter and emit less pollutants, have gradually replaced Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11F freighters from November 2013.

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