Japanese wine lovers have circled 17 November on their calendars in red: on the third Thursday of each November, that year’s Beaujolais Nouveau traditionally goes on sale. And not just in France, its country of origin. The young wine is an export hit, with almost half of the wine produced having left the country in 2015.
Lufthansa Cargo is set to transport around 700 tonnes of “Bojo” to Japan by mid-November – both in the lower decks of Lufthansa passenger aircraft and in the storage compartments of its freighters. The bottles will first be conveyed via Road Feeder Service from Lyon or Paris to Frankfurt, before being loaded onto aircraft for the journey to Tokyo (NRT), Osaka (KIX) and Nagoya (NGO).
The first shipment will travel to the Land of the Rising Sun on 28 October on board Lufthansa flight LH740. The wine is officially allowed to be exported to other countries from 8 a.m. that day. The Boeing 747-400 with the first two lower deck pallets is scheduled to land in Osaka at 7:20 a.m. the following day. And then it’s a matter of waiting – until 17 November.