A Boeing 747-8F operated by Cargolux has been welcomed by staff and bosses at Manston Airport, UK.
The first flight arrived from Nairobi, Kenya bringing fresh produce and flowers for onward transport by road to distributors and wholesalers.
Charles Buchanan, chief executive at Manston Airport, says: “Cargolux is currently operating just four of these aircraft so we are delighted that Manston will now be welcoming the state-of-the-art freighter on a regular basis.”
Buchanan joins members of the Manston Movements Forum who contacted Air Cargo News with the story of their quest to see this most advanced Boeing freighter – Cargolux “Nice guys”.
Richard Forson, Interim President and chief executive of Cargolux, comments: “We are very proud of our new freighter and delighted that Manston has the facilities to accommodate it.”
Allan McQuarrie, Group manager freight development at Manston, says: “At Manston, a fully loaded 747 can be turned round in around 90 minutes with its cargo loaded straight onto trucks rather than into a warehouse to be moved at a later date.
“When moving fresh produce this can be vital as it can often add another day to a product’s shelf life. We are also in a fortunate position as the lack of congestion means there will never be a situation where an aircraft is circling for an hour unable to land.”