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Cargolux sets new heavy transport record to China

Cargolux Airlines has delivered the largest single piece of freight it has ever flown into mainland China. The Luxembourg-based airline says there has been solid demand growth for this kind of transport over the past year. 

The cargo consisted of a 10-meter long shaft with a total gross weight of 43 metric tonnes, which Cargolux transported from Luxembourg to its Chinese freight hub in Zhengzhou. The transport was organized on behalf of the newly founded HNCA Logistics (Luxembourg) in cooperation with their local partner European Logistics Partners (ELP).

With this shipment, Cargolux has broken new ground in the field of heavy and off-size shipments in the Far Eastern market, opening a new realm of possibilities for future transports like this one, the company states.

“While Cargolux frequently transports very heavy cargo shipments of up to 60 tonnes, this specific shipment was special as it was the first time that a single piece of cargo weighing above 35.000kg was flown into Zhengzhou airport,” Paul Hoffmann, Director Ground Engineering explains.

According to the company, delivering very heavy cargo to China has always been quite a challenging undertaking as adapted infrastructures for off-loading were quite sparse upon arrival. “Over the past year, however, there has been solid growth in demand for this kind of transport,” Cargolux states.

Cargolux is one of Europe’s leading all-cargo airlines, operating a fleet of 14 Boeing 747-8 freighters and 16 Boeing 747-400 freighters. Its network covers over 75 destinations on scheduled all-cargo flights.

Project Cargo Summit

The scale increases in the project cargo and heavy-lift industry form the main theme of the Project Cargo Summit, a two-day international conference about the transport of large and heavy cargoes, which is organised by Promedia Group on the 11th & 12th of September, 2019 in Rotterdam.

At this unique project cargo event, industry leaders will talk at length about the challenges of larger wind turbines and platforms, the opportunities of digitization, and the cargo flows of tomorrow. Among the speakers are Siemens Gamesa, Rystad Energy, Huisman Equipment, Liebherr, Kalmar, Rolldock, G2 Ocean, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BigMove and Van der Vlist Transport.

To reserve a seat, click here. For more information about this dedicated project cargo and heavy-lift event, please visit

Author: Adnan Bajic

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