Celebrating 100

If you need proof of just what a workhorse the 747-8 Freighter is, all you have to do is look at Cargolux. Over the weekend, Manaus Airport in Brazil became the 100th airport Cargolux operates to with the airplane.


The pilots received a water cannon salute as they arrived with a full load of machinery spare parts and telecommunications equipment from Luxembourg.


Cargolux currently operates 11 of the airplanes, and has another three on order.


In total, the 747-8 Freighter is now serving 164 airports worldwide— giving our customers the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class.

Comments (3)

Joe K. (S.F. CA USA ):

Always good to see positive news for the 747-8. I also sincerely hope that as United Airlines has Boeing's attention as they consider the 777-300ER that Boeing is taking advantage of the opportunity to peak their interest in the 747-8I.

I think the 747-8I would really serve United well and that plane in United livery would be just so awesome!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

The 747 has always made a great freighter, but the 747-8 does take the capability a step beyond the rest of the group. In a market space where the 747 is the benchmark for payload capability and efficiency (and speed, reliability, etc), its quite admirable what the latest version has been developed to deliver.

At some point in recent times, half of the world's trade by value has flown on the wings of the Jumbo Jet, the airplane carried a significant share of trade by air.

The freighter role is an aspect of the program that has shown the 747 to be an all-rounder.

With that in mind, a massive congratulations for the USAF selection or intent to purchase announcement of the 747-8 for modification fit for the office of the United States President. Prestige aside, the Air Force One role shows an airplane that still moves the world, and the replacement of the current platform, a 747-200, that serves the US Presidency is further endorsement of the basic airplane.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

The 747-8 is without a doubt the best cargo plane for large parcels and heavy cargo.

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