EUROPE: Cargolux takes delivery of its last B747-400

Cargolux Airlines International S.A.recently accepted its final Boeing 747-400freighter, LX-YCV – ‘City of Contern’, at a ceremony in Seattle. The aircraft is the sixteenth 400F that Cargolux has bought new from Boeing. Like the fifteen aircraft before, the new addition to the fleet has left Seattle with a full load of cargo, the carrier said. […]


Cargolux Airlines International S.A.recently accepted its final Boeing 747-400freighter, LX-YCV – ‘City of Contern’, at a ceremony in Seattle. The aircraft is the sixteenth 400F that Cargolux has bought new from Boeing. Like the fifteen aircraft before, the new addition to the fleet has left Seattle with a full load of cargo, the carrier said.

LX-YCV comes with a modified one-off livery, with the traditional red and white stripes fading away instead of reaching all the way to the tail,which Cargolux said hints at a new and revamped design that will be introduced on the B747-8F.

In 1993, Cargolux pioneered the introduction of the B747-400F when it became the first operator of the type worldwide. “Up until Boeing developed the B747-8F, the B747-400F was the most economical freighter for long range markets”, explains Ulrich Ogiermann,Cargolux’s president and CEO.

“It allowed us to eliminate technical stops on many routes, thus improving the flow of goods and services upon which our customers rely. The B747-400F is also the most fuel-efficient long-range freighter aircraft.”

Cargolux will receive 13 new B747-8 freighters that will gradually replace the 400F fleet.