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  • Joe Breitfeller

Cargolux has Selected the Boeing 777-8 Freighter as Preferred Replacement for 747-400 Fleet

Cargolux announced today that they have selected the Boeing 777-8 Freighter as the ideal replacement for their aging 747-400 Freighter fleet. Boeing launched the 777-8F in January 2022 and has since booked over 50 orders for the model.


Rendering of Cargolux Boeing 777-8 Freighter - Courtesy Boeing

On Thursday (July 21, 2022), from the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Boeing announced that Cargolux, Europe’s largest all-cargo airline, has selected the 777-8 Freighter to replace their 747-400 Freighter fleet. The 777-8F offers nearly identical payload and capabilities as the 747-400F, while providing 30 percent better fuel efficiency and emissions and better operating costs compared to the aging large freighters it will replace later this decade. Since launching in January 2022, Boeing has received over 50 orders for the capable new freighter. With advanced technology from the new 777X Family and the proven performance of the market-leading 777 Freighter, the 777-8F will offer the highest payload and lowest fuel use, emissions and operating cost per tonne of any large freighter.


In today’s announcement, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,


“With the selection of our newest freighter as their preferred solution, Cargolux continues its long and enduring history with Boeing, integrating the 777-8F seamlessly into the airline's all-747 cargo operations. With its investment in the 777-8 Freighter, Cargolux will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient, twin-engine freighter in the industry. The 777-8 Freighter significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to previous models with a reduced noise footprint, helping to advance Cargolux’s commitment to sustainable operations.”


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 airline's 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