Cargolux launches aerial firefighting unit

Aquarius Aerial Firefighting will operate a fleet of 12 Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss aircraft

Cargolux launches aerial firefighting unit
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Cargolux announced the launch of a new business unit, Aquarius Aerial Firefighting (Aquarius AFF).

The aerial firefighting unit will operate a fleet of 12 Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss aircraft, which will be acquired over a three-year period, says an official release. "The first three aircraft have already been delivered. These three aircraft are expected to be ready for deployment by May 2024. Through its entrance into this activity, Aquarius AFF will alleviate some of the capacity shortfall for aerial firefighting in Europe and further afield."

Extreme weather patterns, global warming and their consequences, such as wildfires, are an increasing issue for global communities, the release added. "Aquarius AFF aims to provide assistance in the fight against devastating wildfires that threaten human lives, natural resources and significantly contribute to global CO2 emissions."

Richard Forson, President & CEO, Cargolux says: “The inauguration of Aquarius Aerial Firefighting as a new business unit of Cargolux is an exciting new chapter in the company’s history. Over the past years, we have witnessed wildfires becoming a growing global issue that requires a rapid response. Not only do such fires emit significant amounts of CO2 but they pose a significant danger to lives and livelihoods. As a responsible corporate citizen, I see it as our responsibility to help tackle this problem. I look forward to Aquarius Aerial Firefighting becoming an integral part of the solution.”

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 freighters and Boeing 747-400 freighters.

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