Boeing Makes First
Delivery Of The 747-8 Frieghter To Cargolux
By Eddy Metcalf
October 14, 2011 - Boeing and Cargolux Airlines shared another milestone in the history of the iconic 747, as the airline took delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter on Thursday.
Following delivery at the Boeing Delivery Center at the
company's Everett site, the airplane departed for
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the new
freighter will receive its first cargo load, destined
for Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg.
Boeing, Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines announced the initial orders for the 747-8 Freighter in November 2005. This 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.
"This is a
great day for The Boeing Company and for Cargolux," said Jim
Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The
747-8 Freighter is truly the Queen of the Skies for the 21st
Century, and will continue the promise of the 747 for decades to
come." 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.
airplane will be a perfect addition to the Cargolux fleet, said
Frank Reimen, Cargolux president and CEO. "The new Boeing 747-8
Freighter will help Cargolux maintain its position as an
industry leader that we built upon our 747-400 Freighter
operation. We look forward to the efficiency and environmental
benefits that come with this great airplane," he added.
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 percent 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. Eight customers have
ordered a total of 75 747-8 Freighters.
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