Cargolux Airlines has taken delivery of the
first Boeing 747-8 Freighter.
Boeing, Cargolux and Nippon
Cargo Airlines announced the initial orders for the 747-8
Freighter in November 2005.
Wednesday's delivery comes nearly 18
years after Cargolux was the recipient of the first Boeing 747-400
Freighter, which went on to become the workhorse and standard of
the air cargo industry.
Cargolux has ordered a total of 13 747-8
Freighters - its 10-airplane launch order in 2005 and a follow-on
order for three additional airplanes placed in 2007.
747-8 Freighter stands as a monument to the incredible team that
designed and built this airplane," said Elizabeth Lund, vice
president and general manager of the 747 program. "And it's a
pleasure to deliver this airplane to Cargolux, an airline that has long been dedicated to Boeing and the 747 program."
Freighter offers double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating
cost and lower emissions over the airplane it replaces. It also
provides 16% more revenue-generating cargo volume, which
allows it to hold seven additional pallets. The new model carries
a maximum structural payload capacity of 147.6 tons (133.9 metric
tonnes) while providing the same nose-door loading capability,
industry-standard 10-foot (3-m) -high pallets and real-world cargo
density capability at 9.9 pounds per cubic foot (159 kg/m3) as the
industry standard 747-400 Freighter and maintaining interlining
capability with the Boeing 777 Freighter.
The new GEnx-2B67
engines incorporate the latest technologies - such as a composite
fan case and blades and a revolutionary turbine - to create
double-digit efficiency gains over the engines it replaces.
So far, eight customers have ordered a total of 75 747-8 Freighters.
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