Boeing and Cargolux finalise 777-8 Freighter order
Boeing and Cargolux finalised the order of 10 777-8 Freighters, with options for six additional planes, at a signing ceremony at Cargolux’s headquarters in Luxembourg.
Cargolux is Europe’s largest all-cargo airline with a combined fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 Freighters. The selection of Boeing’s newest freighter was announced at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, as Cargolux’s preferred choice to replace its 747-400 Freighters.
Cargolux’s choice is in line with its long-term sustainability commitments as they offer reduced noise. Most importantly, the 777-8 Freighter has nearly identical payload and range as the 747-400, while providing 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions, as well as 25% better operating costs per tonne. Boeing has now booked more than 50 orders for the model since its launch in January of 2022.
Richard Forson, Cargolux president & CEO, stated: “The agreement we signed today will consolidate Cargolux’s position as a global leader of air freight services. 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.”
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes, 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. Equally important, the 777-8 Freighter operates with a noise footprint up to 60% smaller than its predecessors, significantly minimising noise emissions around airport communities.”