Boeing on Sept. 19 will deliver to all-cargo carrier Cargolux the first of its 747-8 freighters, which the manufacturer believes will be the anchor for future international cargo transport.
Cargolux will receive the second of its 13 ordered 747-8 freighters two days later. The freighter has 16 percent more capacity than its predecessor, the B747-400 freighter, and a maximum payload of 134 metric tons.
“The aircraft sets new standards in efficiency: it features greater fuel economy and lower operating costs of any larger freighter, and boasts a significantly improved environmental performance,” said Cargolux President and CEO Frank Reimen.
“Clearly, the 747-8 F will be the cornerstone of our growth and profitability for the next decades and a genuine industry game changer.”