A Look Behind the Scenes at Frankfurt Airport

BTG FrankfurtAltogether 30 million roses – that’s the equivalent of approx. 13 full cargo aircrafts of type MD-11 – were transported to Frankfurt by Lufthansa Cargo for this year’s Valentine’s Day.
But even a day later Lufthansa Cargo at Frankfurt Airport still offered a lot to marvel at.
During a three-hour tour, Mr. Sell of Lufthansa made it possible for the ten BTG participants (from Frankfurt, Bremen, Neuss and Plochingen) to experience some very interesting insights into the processes of air cargo in general.
The group visited LCC (Lufthansa Cargo Center), the heart of the export handling process, where the procedures and handling from the receipt of goods up to the loading of a consignment were explained and demonstrated.
In particular the group was shown the security handling (x-ray) with the associated procedures, as well as the handling of hazardous materials.
So basically we were able to witness the daily business of an airline, which also handles and carries freight.
Furthermore we were introduced to the special services of the airline, such as the Perishable Centre, VIC (valuable cargo) or animal transports.
Next, after going through the extensive access controls of Fraport at the airport ramp, our group climbed into a Lufthansa MD 11 to have a look into the cockpit and to experience the unloading procedures first-hand.

Everyone in the group found this to be the most impressive part of an on the whole very interesting tour.

Goods, which had been stored in various containers, were moved to the open cargo bay door by means of easy-glide rollers fixed to the floor of the aircraft and then lifted by hydraulic hoists on to a conveyor belt on the floor, where the consignments were taken by Lufthansa employees and driven to the warehouse.
Lufthansa Cargo is internationally one of the leading companies in air cargo transportation.
The majority of its air freight consignments are handled at Frankfurt Airport.

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