Lufthansa Cargo has scrapped its first MD-11 freighters . The machine with the registration D-ALCO is one of the oldest jets and has been transferred from Frankfurt to Tulsa/Oklahoma. First there will be a spare parts recovery and after that the plane will be scrapped.
The jet is the first of two MD-11F who leaves the fleet. As replacement a new twin-engine Boeing 777F is going to serve, with a higher payload with lower fuel consumption and noise emissions. Lufthansa had assumed the first new cargo plane in November 2013. Currently there are two Triple Seven in the fleet. A total of five Boeing 777F are ordered and options for another five freighters.
The Boeing 777F can fly up to 9070 km, with a maximum payload of 102 tons. GE90-110B1L engines from General Electric will be used. The MD-11F can carry 95 tons and consumes significantly more fuel. In addition, maintenance costs are also higher because of the three engines.