Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Boeing Extends All Cargo Airlines Freight Carrying Capability - Literally

Greater Capacity and Lower Running Costs as New Plane Takes Off
Shipping News Feature

US – LUXEMBOURG – As reported earlier this month Cargolux, the European freight only airline, are due to take delivery of the very first new Boeing 747-8 Freighter this month and Boeing tell us that on the 19th September the cargo carrier will take off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington to go straight off and into active service. The following day at the Boeing factory there will be a celebration of the contract which marks an important milestone for both companies before Cargolux fly out the second plane from the order for thirteen of the new freighters on the 21st September.

Europe’s biggest all cargo air carrier has suffered trials and tribulations in the past few years with a recapitalisation two years ago resulting in part state ownership. Delays to the delivery of this new Boeing cargo aircraft may have conserved funds but the advantages of its economy, greater operating range and larger payload were anxiously awaited by staff who have stood by the operator despite revised employment conditions. Frank Reimen, president and chief executive officer of Cargolux was plainly happy with the new acquisitions saying:

"It is great to receive our first two 747-8 Freighters within just a few days. In a sense, history is repeating itself. We were pioneering the cargo industry when we put the first 747-400 Freighter into revenue service in 1993. This is what we do once again with the 747-8 Freighter, which is ultimately a testimony of our good and long-standing partnership with Boeing. We are proud to be the world's first cargo operator to benefit from the game-changing performance and efficiency of this ground-breaking aircraft."

Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of the Boeing 747 program was also delighted with the result saying:

"It's so exciting to be able to deliver two of these amazing airplanes to Cargolux in one week. Cargolux has been a great partner for many years, and we so appreciate its deep commitment to this program."

Boeing says the new high capacity version of the well tried and tested 747 format gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. The stretched body is over five and a half metres longer than a conventional 747-400 Freighter giving 16% more cargo volume than its predecessor.