Credit: Cargolux

On Wednesday 12 October 2022, Cargolux announced an order of ten Boeing 777-8 Freighters with options for six additional airplanes at a signing ceremony at Cargolux's headquarters in Luxembourg.

Cargolux operates a combined fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 Freighters, Europe's largest all-cargo airline.

The selection of Boeing's newest freighter was previously announced at this year's Farnborough International Airshow as Cargolux's preferred choice as the replacement for its 747-400 Freighter fleet.

The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's orders and deliveries website.

Cargolux's choice of the 777-8 Freighter underlines its commitment to establishing long-term sustainability. The 777-8 Freighter offers reduced emissions, noise as well as the lowest fuel consumption and operating costs per tonne of any large freighter.

"The agreement we signed today will consolidate Cargolux's position as a global leader of air freight services. Replacing our aging fleet of 747-400 Freighters with the latest technology and fuel-efficient 777-8 Freighter model will contribute to our long-term sustainability programme while continuing to offer our customers the tailored service they expect," said Richard Forson, Cargolux president and CEO.

Boeing launched the new 777-8 Freighter in January 2022 and has now booked more than 50 orders for the model. The 777-8 Freighter has nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400 Freighter while providing 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions and 25% better operating costs per tonne.

"With its purchase of our newest freighter, Cargolux has invested in a sustainable future as the 777-8 Freighter will significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the airplanes it is replacing," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Equally important, the 777-8 Freighter operates with a noise footprint up to 60% smaller than its predecessors, significantly minimising noise emissions around airport communities."