Boeing and Cargolux Airlines International are celebrating the 30th direct delivery of a new 747 freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier.
To mark the occasion, Cargolux’s latest Boeing 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the “Father of the Boeing 747”, Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the Boeing 747.
“We have built our business around the iconic 747 and therefore we wanted to celebrate our 30th direct delivery from Boeing by honoring the man behind this magnificent machine ‒ Joe Sutter,” says Dirk Reich, president and CEO of Cargolux Airlines International.
“The 747-8 Freighter has been a tremendous addition to our fleet, providing us with increased capacity and improved economics that has enabled us to expand our operations across the globe,” adds Reich.
Its latest delivery is the 12th 747-8 Freighter to join Cargolux’s fleet, the Luxembourg carrier becoming the world’s first operator of the type in October 2011.
Prior to the introduction of the 747-8 Freighter, Cargolux took delivery of the first of two 747-200 Freighters in 1979 and in 1993 also became the world’s first operator of the 747-400 Freighter, taking a total of 16 747-400 Freighters.
In January 2015, Cargolux began operations to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport in Brazil, with a 747-8 Freighter carrying a full load of machinery spare parts and telecommunications equipment to the city, which is located on the upper reaches of the River Amazon.
In the process, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport (IATA code MAO) became the 100th commercial airport that Cargolux serves with the 747-8 Freighter.
The 747-8 Freighter is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the Boeing 747-400F, offering 16 per cent more cargo volume while keeping the earlier model’s nose door.
Cargolux currently has two unfilled orders for 747-8 Freighters. The all-Boeing carrier operating a fleet composed entirely of 747-400 Freighters (including eight 747-400Fs, one 747-400ER Freighter and two 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters, converted from passenger aircraft) and 747-8 Freighters.