Monday, June 17, 2013

Air Freight Only Company Announces New Cargo Route for Giant Freighter

747-8F Cleared for South American Service
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LUXEMBOURG – BRAZIL – Yesterday marked a landmark both for the Boeing Company and Europe’s largest freight only carrier, Cargolux Airlines International S.A., as the first ever 747-8 aircraft on a commercial flight into the country, landed on Brazilian soil. Cargolux was the first customer to purchase the giant freighter from Boeing and since that time has steadily developed new global markets. Flight CV7687 to São Paulo Viracopos marks the first commercial operation ever of a Boeing 747-8 into the country. Since that first purchase in 2011, Cargolux has now deployed its 747-8 freighter aircraft to 78 destinations worldwide.

Cargolux, together with Boeing, welcomed the clearance of Viracopos airport for 747-8 operations by the Brazilian authorities. The Luxembourg carrier’s quest for this clearance for all major Brazilian airports has been actively supported by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and the excellent long-standing bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Brazil and the substantial work of the Brazilian aviation authorities paved the way for this first commercial clearance of the Boeing 747-8 for a Brazilian airport.

Until now, none of Brazil’s four airports served by Cargolux, Curitiba, Manaus and Petrolina in addition to Viracopos, in a country which is Luxembourg’s largest trading partner in Latin America, were certified for 747-8 operations. Cargolux could therefore only deploy its 747-400 freighters, offering significantly less payload capacity on these routes and the new development prompted Richard Forson, Cargolux Interim President and CEO, to comment:

“We are extremely pleased to see our new flagship freighter eventually operating to a first airport in Brazil. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Luxembourg government and the Brazilian authorities for their unwavering support. And I would like to thank to the Cargolux employees in Luxembourg and Brazil who worked very hard to make this happen. We look forward to other Brazilian airports following suit, so that the entire Brazilian market can benefit from the superior performance of our Boeing 747-8 freighters.”

Pier Curci, Cargolux Vice President for the Americas, pointed out the advantage the larger plane will give the airline on a key route, saying: “The 747-8F will further support airfreight exports from Brazil, permitting export commodities like automotive parts, pharmaceutical products and fruits to reach their markets throughout the world in a more fuel efficient and, therefore, sustainable way.”