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Boeing Finalizes 777-8 Freighter Order With Cargolux

Boeing and Cargolux have today finalized and order for 10 Boeing 777-8 Freighters, with six options, at a signing ceremony at Cargolux’s headquarters in Luxembourg. The order was previously announced at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow.

Cargolux Boeing 777-8 Freighter Rendering - Courtesy Boeing

On Wednesday (October 12, 2022), Boeing announced the finalization of an order with Cargolux for 10 Boeing 777-8 Freighters, and six options. The order, which was originally announced at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, was finalized at a signing ceremony today at the Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg. The new 777-8 Freighters will replace Cargolux’s Boeing 747-400 Freighter fleet. This order was previously listed as ‘unidentified’ on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Cargolux’s President & CEO, Richard Forson, said,

“The agreement we signed today will consolidate Cargolux's position as a global leader of air freight services. Replacing our aging fleet of 747-400 Freighters with the latest technology and fuel-efficient 777-8 Freighter model will contribute to our long-term sustainability program while continuing to offer our customers the tailored service they expect.”

Also commenting on the order finalization, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,

“With its purchase of our newest freighter, Cargolux has invested in a sustainable future as the 777-8 Freighter will significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the airplane it is replacing. Equally important, the 777-8 Freighter operates with a noise footprint up to 60% smaller than its predecessors, significantly minimizing noise emissions around airport communities.”

(From L-R) Christianne Wickler Chairman of the Board of Directors Cargolux, Richard Forson, President & CEO Cargolux, Stan Deal, President & CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ihssane Mounir, senior Vice President Boeing Commercial Sales & Marketing – Courtesy Boeing

Launched in January 2022, the new Boeing 777-8 Freighter has already won over 50 orders. The freighter has nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the Boeing 747-400F, while delivering 30 percent better fuel efficiency and emissions, and 25 percent better operating costs per tonne.

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is the largest operator of Boeing widebody freighters in Europe with a combined fleet of 30 747-400 and 747-8 Freighters. The relationship between Boeing and Cargolux spans nearly 50 years, with Cargolux receiving their first Douglas DC-8 Freighter in 1973, and their first 747-200 Freighter called ‘City of Luxembourg’ in 1977. The airlines' global network covers over 75 destinations scheduled on all-cargo flights, as well as full or part charter flights. Cargolux has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries, and also operates an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations. The company employs nearly 2,500 team members worldwide.

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

Source: Boeing / PRNewswire

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