Cargolux finally accepts the first Boeing 747-800F without a formal ceremony

Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) today (October 12) accepted Boeing 747-8R7F LX-VCB (msn 35806), the first Boeing 747-800 to be delivered.

Cargolux issued the following statement:

“Cargolux announced today (October 12) that the delivery of the first two Boeing 747-8 Freighters initially scheduled for September 19 and 21 is proceeding on October 12-13, 2011 following the resolution of contractual issues between Boeing, GE and Cargolux related to the performance of the aircraft and the engines.

In its meeting on October 7, 2011, the Cargolux Board of Directors appreciated
that the negotiation team (Akbar al Baker (Director), Frank Reimen (President
and Chief Executive Officer) and David Arendt (Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer) and Company management took the appropriate actions to ensure that the 747-8 entry into service issues be resolved successfully.

Frank Reimen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cargolux, said: “I am
pleased that we have reached agreement on the contractual issues. The 747-8
Freighter will be a driver of profitable growth for Cargolux”.

Launch customer Cargolux has 13 Boeing 747-8 Freighter airplanes on firm order.
As an enhanced variant of the 747-400 cargo aircraft, the new-generation 747-8
Freighter offers a variety of benefits over its predecessor, including additional payload, less fuel burn and carbon emissions and a considerably lower noise footprint.”

LX-VCB left Paine Field in Everett quietly without a formal ceremony.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Sister ship LX-VCD is pictured at Everett (Paine Field).