Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced an order for an additional 747-8 Freighter. The order, valued at $357.5 million at list prices, is the 14th 747-8 Freighter the cargo carrier has ordered from Boeing.
“The Cargolux Board of Directors approved the order of our 14th 747-8 Freighter almost 35 years to the day that the airline took delivery of its first 747 Freighter ever,” said Richard Forson, interim president and CEO of Cargolux. “This shows how pleased we, as an all-747 cargo operator, are with the performance and economics of this new generation aircraft and underlines the importance of the role of the 747 overall in the success of our company.”
Cargolux was the world’s first operator of the 747-8 Freighter, taking its first delivery of the airplane type in October 2011. Since then, the airline has taken a total of nine 747-8 Freighters, providing the carrier with increased cargo capacity coupled with excellent economic performance. With today’s announcement, Cargolux has a total of five unfilled orders for 747-8 Freighters.
As well as being one of the launch customers for the 747-8 Freighter, Cargolux also took delivery of the first ever 747-400 Freighter in November 1993. The all-Boeing carrier has a fleet comprised entirely of 747-400 Freighters and 747-8 Freighters.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-8R7F LX-VCD (msn 35809) taxies at Munich.
Boeing (Chicago) set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year with 648. The company’s unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year – also a new Boeing record.
Boeing also booked 1,531 gross commercial orders in 2013, a new company record and 1,355 net commercial orders in 2013, the second-largest number in company history.
In 2013, three programs set records for deliveries in single year:
- The 737 program delivered 440 Next-Generation 737s
- The 777 program delivered 98 airplanes
- The 787 program delivered 65 Dreamliners, now flying with 16 customers around the world
With the higher production rates achieved in 2013, all three Boeing Commercial Airplanes production sites in Everett and Renton, Washington and North Charleston, South Carolina also delivered a record number of airplanes.
Boeing’s leadership position in the twin-aisle market continued in 2013 with the launch of two new airplane programs. The 777X launched in November at the Dubai Air Show with 259 orders and commitments worth more than $95 billion at list prices. Boeing also launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the most fuel-efficient jetliner in history, at the Paris Air Show in June.
Orders, deliveries and unfilled orders as of December 31, 2013, by program were as follows:
Boeing Commercial Airplanes highlights in 2013 included:
- Boeing Delivers 7,500th 737
- Boeing, Southwest Airlines Announce Launch of 737 MAX 7
- Boeing Opens New Everett Delivery Center
- Boeing Delivers 1,000th Airplane to China
- Boeing Launches 787-10 Dreamliner
- Boeing Begins Assembly of 1st KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
- Boeing Flies First 787-9 Dreamliner
- Boeing Completes 737 MAX 8 Firm Configuration
- Boeing to Increase 737 Production Rate in 2017
- Boeing, GOL Airlines Announce Collaboration to Increase Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Supply in Brazil
- Boeing 787 Dreamliner Reaches 1,000th Order with Etihad Airways
- Boeing Launches 777X with Record-Breaking Orders and Commitments
- Boeing Delivers First 747-8 with Performance-Improved Engines
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-8R7F N747EX (msn 35808) lands at Paine Field near Renton.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) today announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter with the first delivery now expected to be in mid-year 2011. The company also announced steps it is taking to support the new schedule, including adding a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet.
Boeing previously indicated that, following recent flight-test discoveries, there was a high probability the first 747-8 Freighter delivery would move into 2011. According to Boeing the new delivery schedule follows a thorough assessment of the expected cumulative impact of these discoveries, which include a low-frequency vibration in certain flight conditions and an underperforming aileron actuator. While neither issue requires structural changes to the airplane, they have led to disruptions to certification testing, which the program was unable to offset within the prior schedule.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 747-8R7F N5573S will become LX-VCC (msn 35807) for launch customer Cargolux Airlines International.
Copyright Photo: Boeing. Boeing 747-8R7F N55725 (msn 35806) will become LX-VCB on delivery.
Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) is introducing a new livery with the delivery of the first new Boeing 747-8F. The cargo airline is the launch customer for the new type. The first Boeing 747-8 Freighter painted in Cargolux’s livery emerged from the Boeing paint hangar in Everett, WA on June 7. The cargo operator has a total of 13 Boeing 747-8 Freighters on order.
Boeing delivered the last Cargolux 747-400 Freighter with a unique transition paint scheme featuring fading stripes. The new livery on Cargolux’s 747-8 Freighter is an evolution from the current design and marks the start into a new era for the company.
“The design stands for continuity and commitment while confirming the fundamental principles that made Cargolux successful. The red, white and blue stripes symbolize the company’s roots in Luxembourg, its hub and home base,” said Ulrich Ogiermann, CEO of Cargolux. The new livery features a distinctive new red tail and an additional logo on the belly further promotes the brand.
Boeing will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to Cargolux in the fourth quarter of this year.