Cargolux orders 10 Boeing 777-8 freighters
Order includes options for 6 additional freighters.
Boeing and Cargolux have finalised an order of 10 777-8 freighters with options for six additional aeroplanes with a signing ceremony at Cargolux's headquarters in Luxembourg.
"The selection of Boeing's newest freighter was previously announced at this year's Farnborough International Airshow as Cargolux's preferred choice as the replacement for its 747-400 Freighter fleet," says a release from Cargolux. The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's orders & deliveries website.
Cargolux's choice of the 777-8 freighter underlines its commitment to establishing long-term sustainability. Europe's number one all-cargo airline has a long-standing engagement towards sound operations and the 777-8 freighter offers reduced emissions, noise as well as the lowest fuel use and operating costs per tonne of any large freighter, the release said.
"The agreement we signed today will consolidate Cargolux's position as a global leader of air freight services," says Richard Forson, President & CEO, Cargolux. "Replacing our ageing 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."
Boeing launched the new 777-8 freighter in January 2022 and has now booked more than 50 orders for the model. The 777-8 freighter has nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400 freighter while providing 30 percent better fuel efficiency and emissions and 25 percent better operating costs per tonne, the release 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 aeroplanes it is replacing," says Stan Deal, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Equally important, the 777-8 freighter operates with a noise footprint up to 60 percent smaller than its predecessors, significantly minimising noise emissions around airport communities."
Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe's largest all-cargo airline operating a combined fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 freighters.