Frankfurt’s freighter farewell

As Lufthansa Cargo says goodbye to its last MD-11F, Andreas Spaeth travels to the German hub to hear from those who flew the venerable trijet

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The MD-11F has played a critical role at Lufthansa Cargo for more than two decades
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It’s a gusty, cold and rather wet early summer day at Frankfurt Airport, but that doesn’t faze Captain Jonas Merkler. While the unseasonable weather is enough to lower anyone’s mood, the Lufthansa Cargo pilot is feeling down for an entirely unrelated reason. Today he is bidding farewell to a beloved aircraft that he has been flying for 15 years.

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