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Alitalia, Lufthansa, Cadillac build airbridge for luxury car production.

Call the "Allante" the world's longest automotive assembly line. That's how Alitalia, Lufthansa and Cadillac Motor Car describe their transatlantic aerial pipeline, and there's no reason to doubt them.

In what is thought to be the largest exclusive air cargo charter contract ever, Alitalia and Lufthansa last month committed themselves to connect the production facilities of Italian car designer and manufacturer industria Pininfarina in Turin, with those of General Motors' Detroit-Hamtranck Assembly Center in Michigan, 3,300 miles away. Starting in October this year, the two airlines will deliver some 7,000 automobile bodies a year from Pininfarina to GM, using three dedicated Boeing 747-200 freighter flights a week. The contract, which was announced publicly in early December at a press conference chaired by Cadillac GM John O. Grettenberger, and attended by Alitalia Chairman Dr. …

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