The Birth Of Lufthansa Cargo Building 261 At JFK International Airport In New York
In late 1970, ground construction commenced for Lufthansa's new JFK cargo warehouse.  The location of building 261 was on South Cargo Road, just west of Federal Express Cargo, and directly across from the Seaboard World Cargo facility, which was
later leased to Korean Air Cargo.  For the next 32 years, Lufthansa Cargo's large marquee could easily be seen by motorists from either direction of the NYC Belt Parkway. In later years, the completion of the new JFK Expressway offered both travelers and
airport personnel a closer view of the facility.  On a lucky day, everyone enjoyed a quick peek of Lufthansa's unique Nose-Dock
in action.


 Building 261 - Early Construction Photo #1 Date: 28JUN71 


 Building 261 - Early Construction Photo #2 Date: 28JUN71 


 Mid 70's aerial view of the new Lufthansa Cargo Warehouse (Building 261)
 at John F. Kennedy International Airport 

 From The Photo Collection Of Mike Bergt
A super thanks goes to our LH colleague Mike Bergt, who recently sent in a collection of fantastic retro photos of LH Cargo
Building 261 while it was still under major construction. We've created a separate page on our site with all the incredible
photos. Simply click the camera!

 Lufthansa Cargo AG: "A Cutting Edge Industry Leading Company" 
For decades, Lufthansa's Cargo warehouse was considered the airport's #1, state of the art air freight facility in New York.  The internal nose dock feature ensured that all cargo was completely safe from damage caused by harsh weather elements, while offering a high degree of security to cargo stored inside the facility.  Computerized retrieval of cargo for delivery was accurate and efficient, offering brokers and consignees unprecedented service and satisfaction, which was Lufthansa Cargo's unconditional promise and guarantee to it's customers. This played a big part of the company's policy for future success.


The first computerized Elevated Transport Vehicle (ETV) was manufactured by the OTIS Elevator Company for Lufthansa, which directly connected the pallet and container storage area to the aircraft's internal nose-dock.  This was a big 'first' in the history of Lufthansa Cargo AG, and also served as the foundation for other airlines to follow.


 Internal view of the main deck of a Lufthansa B747F


Large View The Red Baron Staff Photo
 Early 70's advertisement for Lufthansa Cargo in Business Week Magazine .
(Click on the photo for a larger look at the staff and management)

 Early 70's Sales Brochure for Lufthansa Cargo AG JFK: .

 Lufthansa Cargo AG - Looking Beyond Into The Future! 
In 1987 Lufthansa's cargo facility underwent several comprehensive improvements, starting with the extension of the western section of the Elevator Traveling Vehicle, better known as the ETV, and floor storage area.  The first upgrade consisted of
replacing the original obsolete ETV made in the early 70's by Otis corporation, with a brand new unit manufactured in Europe
by Lodige Inc., exclusively for Lufthansa's JFK cargo facility.  Additional upgrades included new line flight and freighter cargo staging areas, consisting of 2 new extra roller bed work stations along with a new "Traveling Vehicle" (TV).  The TV was to be
used for transporting pallets and containers from trucks at doors 27 & 28, directly through the cargo facility to the ETV storage system without a disruption to normal warehouse operations.

To complete the upgrade project, 2 new spacious ramp side cooler units were installed, each capable of holding 4 side door
pallets, plus an additional roller excess station which allowed side door pallets to efficiently move in and out of the facility from
ramp-side operations (XS3).  These strategic upgrades and improvements helped prepare Lufthansa Cargo's New York facility
to meet the growing challenges of moving it's highest freight volumes well into the 21st century.


 The 'Time Definite' 747-200C Freighter Arrives At The Lufthansa Cargo Facility At JFK


 Lufthansa's 'Time Definite' B-747 200C Freighter


 Approaching The LH Cargo Facility Nose Dock at JFK 


 Lufthansa's 747 "Big Bird" Being Tugged Into The Nose-Dock Position 


 A Grand View Of The Ramp Featuring The Lufthansa Cargo "YZ" Freighter
 Nose-docked At Cargo Building 261 



 North View Of Lufthansa's Warehouse Dock Parking Area At Building 261 

 
 Lufthansa Warehouse Import Dock
 (photo taken from the 2nd floor maintenance mezzanine)

 (Above Photo courtesy of David Morgan JFKGZ)
 

Note the storage bin (lower left) between the yellow lines starting it's journey around the entire cargo facility, eventually re-entering the stacker inlet.  This towline track system was a part of the warehouse computerized bin stacker system, which remained in full service until June 2003, when Lufthansa Cargo building 261 permanently closed it's doors, moving to the new facility.

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