The Birth Of Lufthansa Cargo Building 261 At JFK International Airport In
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,
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
Building 261 - Early Construction Photo
- Early Construction Photo #2 Date: 28JUN71
70's aerial view of the new Lufthansa Cargo Warehouse (Building 261)
at John F. Kennedy
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!
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
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.
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
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: .
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.
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).
upgrades and improvements helped prepare Lufthansa Cargo's New York facility
meet the growing challenges of moving it's highest freight volumes well into the
The 'Time Definite' 747-200C Freighter Arrives At The Lufthansa Cargo Facility
'Time Definite' B-747 200C Freighter
The LH Cargo Facility Nose Dock at JFK
Tugged Into The Nose-Dock Position
Grand View Of The Ramp Featuring The Lufthansa Cargo "YZ"
Cargo Building 261
North View Of Lufthansa's Warehouse Dock Parking Area At Building
Warehouse Import Dock
(photo taken from the 2nd floor maintenance mezzanine)
(Above Photo courtesy of David
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
Cargo building 261 permanently closed it's doors, moving to the new facility.
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