Salute to Joe

Just a few days after new orders came in for the 747-8 Freighter, Cargolux took delivery of their 30th 747, a 747-8 Freighter. And they did us all proud by marking the milestone with a tribute to the man who started it all—Joe Sutter.


Cargolux decked out their newest airplane with a special decal honoring Joe as the Father of the 747. I can tell you that Joe’s office is just a upstairs from me, and we are proud to say that he is still a regular fixture in the halls of Boeing.



Cargolux honors Joe Sutter (right) during a celebration.

Ever since we delivered Cargolux’s first 747-200 Freighter in the late 1970s, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership with an airline that has built its entire business around the 747. The airplane family has been a fantastic workhorse for our friends in Luxembourg and earlier this year I wrote about how the airline is now serving 100 airports worldwide with the 747-8 Freighter. That’s a testament to the airplane’s incredible versatility.

Thanks to Cargolux for its continued commitment to the 747 program over the years, and for honoring the man behind the Queen of the Skies.


Comments (4)

Dustin (Dallas):

A fitting tribute to a legeend and a beautiful airplane. Congratulations to Cargolux.

Todd Cohen (Philadelphia):

What a fitting and amazing tribute to a legend.

Emmanuel (Greece):

A great tribute to the man behind the "bird" that has changed for ever world's view of aviation!

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

It is not often in history that a person is associated with an airplane let alone the most successful widebody and familiar plane in the world. Congratulations to Cargolux and Joe Sutter, a living legend.

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