Logistics: Europe’s largest freight airline has launched new service to China, Latin American and the UK.
The Grand Duchy’s Cargolux Airlines has introduced new services in four continents. In the process, the freight airline said that it became the first carrier ever to fly Boeing 747-8 aircraft to three cities.
On February 1, the Cargolux jet from Beijing touched down in Xiamen, China. Then on February 3, “Cargolux performed the inaugural 747-8 service to South America with a flight to Latacunga” in Ecuador, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. “Previously, the southernmost destination of any 747-8 operator was Panama City. The return flight also touched down in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico--another first that Cargolux achieved.”
According to the airline, “70 Cargolux destinations are now cleared for 747-8F operations; Vietnam is expected to approve its airports in the near future. This will enable Cargolux to use its new freighter almost throughout its entire network.”
In October 2011, the company became one of the first carriers to receive the next generation of fuel-saving aircraft. “The company currently operates six of the new freighters and expects additional deliveries throughout 2013,” Cargolux reported this week.
Separately, Stansted Airport reported that Cargolux would fly “modern” 747s on a twice weekly service between Stansted, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.
The airport, located near London, is one of the UK’s largest freight hubs, with strong links to the US and Asia, Stansted said in its announcement, also made on Tuesday.
“The new service expands the freight carrier’s UK operation and offers an easy connection to every destination on [the carrier’s] worldwide network”, Stansted quoted Mark Boffee, Cargolux’s UK country manager, as saying.