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Lufthansa Cargo launches air bridge between Germany and Türkiye with partners

Using synergies and providing unbureaucratic help together: That is the goal of the relief alliance of leading transport and logistics partners SunExpress, DPD, FIEGE, time:matters, CB Customs Broker GmbH and Lufthansa Cargo. SunExpress, the joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, had brought the companies together to maintain an air bridge from Germany to the crisis region in the coming weeks. More than 1,000 tons of relief supplies are to be transported to the crisis region as part of the "Wir helfen gemeinsam" ("We're helping together") initiative.

As early as Friday, February 17, 2023, two Boeing 777 freighters operated by Lufthansa Cargo sent urgently needed relief supplies such as blankets, hygiene articles and food to the crisis region.

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all partners," said Max Kownatzki CEO of SunExpress Airlines. "Thanks to their flexibility and willingness to help, it was only possible at all to set up this airlift and put it into action within a few days.

"This disaster affects us all. Many of our colleagues are from Türkiye. At the same time, we feel an overwhelming willingness to help – among us in the team as well as among people throughout Germany," says Andreas Thams, Chief Sales Officer at DPD Germany.

Many colleagues in our FIEGE team have relatives and friends in Türkiye or Syria. For us, it goes without saying that we are helping in this emergency situation," says Felix Fiege, co-CEO of FIEGE, who runs the family business together with his cousin Jens Fiege in the fifth generation.

"The enormous willingness of people to help those affected in the earthquake zone is overwhelming. As an airfreight company, we can make a concrete contribution to supplying the people on the ground and at the same time support the many private initiatives in their desire to help. I would like to thank all employees whose work made the implementation of the airlift possible so quickly," said Dorothea von Boxberg, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG.

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