May 25 - Cargolux has taken delivery of another Boeing 747-8 Freighter, and the fourth aircraft out of a total order of 13 has entered into service.
" LX-VCE, which is the first aircraft that was not part of the test flight programme, is also the first 747-8F delivered from Boeing with increased operational weights. The maximum takeoff weight has gone up by six tonnes to 442 tonnes. As our 747-8F fleet is growing steadily, we are able to enjoy the increased economics of the new freighter in our operations," said Frank Reimen, Cargolux president & CEO.
Cargolux says that with the acceptance of LX-VCE, City of Echternach, into service, it continues its fleet rollover programme that was initiated with its original order for the 747-8 freighter in 2005.
The new aircraft replaces a 747- 400F that is due to leave the fleet in the summer.
For 2012, Cargolux expects additional deliveries, while the 747-400F fleet will successively be reduced.
Readers involved in the movement of airfreight are advised that research has now commenced on the annual Heavy Lift Airfreight and Airlines supplement that will be appearing in our July/August edition. To become involved in the editorial content; or to advertise your services in the supplement, contact email@example.com in the first instance.