Europe’s largest all-cargo airline selects Boeing’s newest cargo aircraft, launched in January and already boasting more than 50 orders

Will Waters

Europe’s largest all-cargo airline Cargolux has selected Boeing’s 777-8 freighter as the preferred solution to replace its B747-400 freighter fleet, with the decision announced at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Boeing launched the 777-8 Freighter programme in January and has already booked more than 50 orders for the model. With advanced technology from the new 777X family and proven performance of the 777 freighter, the 777-8 freighter offers the highest payload and the lowest fuel use, emissions and operating cost per tonne of any large freighter, Boeing claims.

Cargolux is the largest operator of Boeing widebody freighters in Europe with a combined total fleet of 30 747-400 and 747-8 Freighters. Boeing and Cargolux’s partnership has spanned almost 50 years from 1973 when it received its first Douglas DC-8 Freighter before entering the jet age in 1977 with the delivery of its first 747, a 747-200 Freighter called ‘City of Luxembourg’.

“With the 777-8 Freighter being the preferred solution to replace our 747-400s, Cargolux is looking forward to continuing its ongoing relationship with Boeing,” said Richard Forson, president and CEO of Cargolux.

Boeing said the 777-8 Freighter was “ideally suited for operators like Cargolux, creating a more sustainable and profitable future. With nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400 Freighter, the 777-8 Freighter will provide 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions and 25% better operating costs per tonne as the airplane to replace aging large freighters later this decade.”

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, commented: “With the selection of our newest freighter as their preferred solution, Cargolux continues its long and enduring history with Boeing, integrating the 777-8F seamlessly into the airline’s all-747 cargo operations. With its investment in the 777-8 Freighter, Cargolux will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient, twin-engine freighter in the industry. The 777-8 Freighter significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to previous models with a reduced noise footprint, helping to advance Cargolux’s commitment to sustainable operations.”

The 2022 Boeing Commercial Market Outlook projects a 80% increase in the global freighter fleet through 2041, including approximately 940 new widebody freighters such as the new 777-8 Freighter. First delivery of the 777-8 Freighter is anticipated in 2027.

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline operating a fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 freighters and Boeing 747-400 freighters. The Cargolux worldwide network covers over 75 destinations on scheduled all-cargo flights and offers full and part-charter services.

The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries and operates an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations, employing close to 2,500 staff members worldwide.