Lufthansa Cargo has introduced weekly A321 freighter flights to Evenes Airport (EVE) in northern Norway from November to bring the best fresh seafood from the region.
The company is working with Norwegian salmon producer and exporter Nordlaks and the freight forwarder Salmosped to deliver the freshest catch around the globe.
Evenes Airport is located near the city of Harstad/Narvik and is part of the province of Troms og Finnmark in Norway. Located north of the Arctic Circle, this region is considered the gateway to the Lofoten Islands, making it a very important market for fish and seafood.
Citing high demand for Norwegian fishery products, Lufthansa said direct A321 freighter connection allows the shortest delivery times—from four to six days to less than 24 hours. It also offers capacity to transport fresh produce from Norway directly to the Frankfurt hub and onto numerous destinations within the airline’s international freighter and passenger network.
“Efficient logistics is key. Customers in Asia expect to receive fresh products of high quality,” said Eirik Nikolaisen, Chief Commercial Officer at Nordlaks.
“We are very satisfied that we can develop new and innovative solutions together with partners like Lufthansa Cargo and Salmosped to serve our customers.”
Both the catch of wild salmon and the income from salmon farming are growing steadily. In 2021 alone, more than 1 million tonnes of salmon were exported from Norway.
“Thanks to the flexibility of the A321 freighter, we are able to build a customized supply chain solution for individual customers,” said Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer at Lufthansa Cargo.
“In some cases, we are cutting the delivery times from four to six days to less than 24 hours thanks to the direct connection via our Frankfurt hub.”