Cargolux selects 777-8 freighter to replace 747-400 fleet

The 777-8 freighter key for Cargolux in achieving future sustainability goals with investments in new technologies.

Cargolux selects 777-8 freighter to replace 747-400 fleet

Boeing and Cargolux announced that Europe's largest all-cargo airline has selected the 777-8 freighter as the preferred solution to replace its 747-400 fleet.

The selection was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow, says a statement from Boeing.

"With the 777-8 freighter being the preferred solution to replace our 747-400s, Cargolux is looking forward to continuing its ongoing relationship with Boeing," says Richard Forson, president and CEO, Cargolux.

With nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400 freighter, the 777-8 freighter will provide 30 percent better fuel efficiency and emissions and 25 percent better operating costs per tonne, the statement 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," says Stan Deal, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "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."

Boeing launched the 777-8 freighter in January, and has booked more than 50 orders for the model. With advanced technology from the new 777X family and proven performance of the market-leading 777 freighter, the 777-8 freighter offers the highest payload and the lowest fuel use, emissions and operating cost per tonne of any large freighter, says the statement.

Cargolux is the largest operator of Boeing widebody freighters in Europe with a combined total fleet of 30 747-400 and 747-8 freighters.

The 2022 Boeing Commercial Market Outlook projects a 80 percent increase in the global freighter fleet through 2041, including approximately 940 new widebody freighters such as the new 777-8 freighter. First delivery of the 777-8 freighter is anticipated in 2027, the statement added.

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