Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker announced Nokia as their next big customer on their carbon neutral cargo flights between Frankfurt, Germany and Shanghai, China. The extension of the connection will take place until March 2022 during the entire winter flight schedule. The fuel requirement for the entire flight rotation from Frankfurt to Shanghai and back is covered entirely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which saves around 174 tons of conventional kerosene every week.

The ambitious team goal of climate neutrality affects every business and how or customers look at their footprint also in their supply chains. Together with Lufthansa Cargo, we extend our unique offer of a regular carbon neutral flight connection. The SAF full charter flight rotation is a game-changer as it goes beyond a pay-per-use scheme. We are pleased to have Nokia on board as a new major customer for our westbound flights. Together, we can avoid CO2 and take another step towards a more sustainable future.

Thorsten Meincke
Thorsten Meincke
Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker

Every week, Nokia will avoid greenhouse gas emissions by using the world’s only freighter flight that is 100 percent covered by SAF, produced from biomass waste, such as used cooking oils. Nokia will be using carbon neutral flights to ship a weekly freight volume of 10 tons of communications network equipment from a production facility in Shanghai to its European hub in Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Investing in sustainable solutions is a top priority for us and a shared goal with our partners. We can only achieve our climate targets together. Innovation and working together across sectors are key to a greener supply chain. We constantly seek to reduce our transportation and logistics carbon footprint, and air cargo is a significant contributor. This collaboration to transport our 5G equipment on carbon neutral flights is another important step.

Tommy Uitto
Tommi Uitto
President of Mobile Networks at Nokia

The announcement follows DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo’s launch of the world’s first CO2-neutral freighter rotation between Europe and Asia in November 2020. Starting with the summer flight schedule in April 2021, a regular freighter line connection was brought to the market.

Published: October 2021