Luxembourgish cargo operator, Cargolux has confirmed it has selected the Boeing 777-8F freighter to replace its fleet of older 747-400 freighters, in an announcement which Boeing confirms closes its time at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow.
Whilst the exact details of the order are yet to be confirmed, Cargolux operates a total of 16 Boeing 747-400 family aircraft, comprising of 10 dedicated -400F models and six -400ERF converted freighters, so we can expect the final order to be similar in terms of quantity. That being said, given the ever increasing demand for air cargo as a result of the pandemic and growth in e-commerce, there is plenty of potential for an even larger order.
Boeing claims that the 777-8F offers “almost identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400F” whilst providing 30% better fuel burn and reduction in emissions, along with a 25% reduction in operating costs per tonne.
Matt is a London-based writer and reporter for International Flight Network who has been involved in aviation from a very young age. He has a particular focus on aircraft safety, accidents and technical details.