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Lufthansa moves cargo chief von Boxberg to run Brussels Airlines

Freighter division launches search for new CEO

Lufthansa Cargo operates 11 Boeing 777 freighters, pictured above, under its own brand. (Photo: Lufthansa)

Lufthansa Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg is being reassigned to lead Brussels Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced Thursday.

Von Boxberg will take over as CEO of Belgium’s national airline and Lufthansa (DXE: LHA) subsidiary on April 15.

Lufthansa Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg (Photo: Lufthansa)

“With her extensive knowledge and broad understanding of cargo and passenger airlines, she will continue to drive the successful transformation of Brussels Airlines,” said Lufthansa board member Christina Foerster in a news release. Foerster has been leading Brussels Airlines on an interim basis.

Lufthansa said the search has begun for a permanent replacement to run Lufthansa Cargo, one of the top air cargo operators in the world by volume.

Von Boxberg moved to Lufthansa Cargo in 2015 to head global sales after holding various management positions related to the passenger business. She was promoted three years later, adding network planning, product management and product development to her portfolio before becoming CEO in 2021.

During her tenure, von Boxberg navigated Lufthansa Cargo through the COVID crisis and effects from the Ukraine war and is credited with delivering record profits during the COVID crisis, the transition to an all Boeing 777 intercontinental fleet and the introduction of the first two narrowbody, regional freighters.

Lufthansa Cargo operates 16 Boeing 777 freighters on long-haul routes and two Airbus A321 converted freighters for same-day e-commerce customers within Europe. Eleven aircraft are operated by Lufthansa Cargo crews under the Lufthansa Cargo brand. Five aircraft are chartered from AeroLogic, a joint venture with DHL, and operated by AeroLogic on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo. Lufthansa Cargo also manages the belly cargo for Lufthansa and all sister airlines besides Swiss International.

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Eric Kulisch

Eric is the Supply Chain and Air Cargo Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals and a Silver Medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government and trade coverage, and news analysis. He was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In December 2022, he was voted runner up for Air Cargo Journalist by the Seahorse Freight Association. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at [email protected]