DAILY NEWS Dec 3, 2013 8:50 AM - 0 comments

Lufthansa Cargo names second 777 freighter after inaugural flight

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FRANKFURT, Ger.--Lufthansa Cargo's second Boeing 777 Freighter has landed at its hub, Frankfurt Airport,following an inaugural commercial flight with its first "Triple Seven" aircraft.

The aircraft will be christened "Jambo Kenya" (Hello Kenya), to symbolize the significance of Africa as one of the most important growth markets for global air freight services, said a release. Lufthansa Cargo already flies to four destinations within the continent.

The Boeing 777F makes its first flight to Chicago on December 6.

The idea to give the aircraft the greeting "Jambo Kenya" originated from the winning idea in a creative public competition held by Lufthansa Cargo to find a naming convention for its entire fleet in advance of the arrival of the 777.

From the more than 40,000 potential aircraft names submitted to Lufthansa Cargo within six weeks, judges voted on the central theme to "Say hello around the world". Accordingly, all freighters in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet - both Boeing 777Fs and MD-11Fs - will be christened with greetings in more than 20 languages, said the company.

The name has particular significance because of the airline's ongoing cargo links with Nairobi since the launch of the Cargo Human Care aid project in 2004 by MD-11F fleet chief Fokko Doyen. The project supports orphans, providing ongoing medical assistance with the cooperation of doctors from Germany.

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