Cargolux Airlines Celebrates 30th Direct Delivery of a 747 Freighter
Cargolux Airlines celebrated the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the occasion, Cargolux's latest 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the "Father of the Boeing 747," Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the airplane.
"We have built our business around the iconic 747 and therefore we wanted to celebrate our 30th direct delivery from Boeing by honoring the man behind this magnificent machine – Joe Sutter," said Dirk Reich, President and CEO of Cargolux Airlines. "The 747-8 Freighter has been a tremendous addition to our fleet, providing us with increased capacity and improved economics that has enabled us to expand our operations across the globe."
This latest delivery was the 12th 747-8 Freighter to join Cargolux's fleet, with the Luxembourg carrier becoming the world's first operator of the airplane type in October 2011. Prior to the introduction of the 747-8 Freighter, Cargolux took delivery of the first of two 747-200 Freighters in 1979 and in 1993 also became the world's first operator of the 747-400 Freighter, taking a total of 16 747-400 Freighters.