First glimpse of latest Cargolux B747F

Cargolux’s official twitter account gave the air cargo industry a first glimpse of its latest Boeing 747 freighter yesterday (see second image below).

The B747-400F aircraft (OO-THB) was pictured at Luxembourg ahead of its transportation to Malta to have the Cargolux livery added.

The aircraft is one of three B747Fs that will join the Cargolux fleet over the coming year. It is 12 years old and was formerly operated by TNT and then consequently by ASL Airlines when it took over the express firm’s fleet.

In January, the airline told Air Cargo News that the freighters would initially – at least – be used to expand capacity rather than replace leased aircraft.

The aircraft are being prepared to start operations for the Luxembourg carrier in May/June but exactly where they will be deployed has yet to be confirmed.

Including the new freighters, the Cargolux fleet stands at 30 aircraft – 16 B747-400Fs and 14 B747-8Fs.

When chief executive Richard Forson first announced the purchase of the aircraft, he explained that they would allow greater flexibility.

New Cargolux B747-400F at Luxembourg Airport April 2019 2

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