Cargolux adds another Boeing 747-8 freighter to its fleet
Sept 30, 2016: Luxembourg based Cargolux has taken delivery of its 14th Boeing 747-8 freighter (LX-VCN) to cover increasing demand for cargo space during the upcoming high season.
The carrier became the launch customer with an initial order for 10 units in 2005 and was the world’s first operator of this aircraft type in October 2011.
LX-VCN will operate its first commercial flight from Seattle to Luxembourg with a full load of cargo. All Cargolux 747 freighters have traditionally operated their delivery flight as a revenue-earning flight. The aircraft arrives in Luxembourg on September 30.
“Cargolux operates in a highly competitive market. In such an environment, an aircraft that combines economic efficiency with high earning potential gives a clear advantage,” says Richard Forson, president & CEO, Cargolux.
“I see the 747-8F as an industry stalwart; this aircraft has already proven its worth for Cargolux in five years of reliable and efficient operation and it will continue to drive growth and revenues for Cargolux in the years to come.”
LX-VCN brings the Cargolux fleet to 26 747 freighters, the largest the company has ever operated.
The 747-8 freighter represents a benchmark in fuel efficiency and noise reduction, allowing Cargolux to lower fuel costs and fly into more airports at more times of the day. The 747-8 freighter offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 freighter.