Cargolux receives 30th new 747F since 1979

Cargolux today took delivery of its 12th B747-8 freighter out of an order of 14 bringing the Cargolux fleet to 23 aircraft, 12 B747-8F and 11 B747-400F.


Cargolux receives 30th new 747F since 1979


Cargolux today took delivery of its 12th B747-8 freighter out of an order of 14 bringing the Cargolux fleet to 23 aircraft, 12 B747-8F and 11 B747-400F. The new aircraft arrived in Luxembourg with a full load of freight from Seattle.

Cargolux named its latest freighter ‘Joe Sutter – Father of the 747’ in honour of the man who designed the B747 in the 1960s.

The naming came as a surprise to Sutter, who only found out during the unveiling of the aircraft during the departure ceremony at Boeing’s Paine Field yesterday.

Sutter is a recipient of The International Air Cargo Association’s 2002 Hall of Fame Award and after retiring from Boeing, is now an engineering sales consultant.

Sutter celebrated his 90th birthday in 2011 and maintains an active interest in the aeronautics industry.

“We have built our business around the iconic 747 and therefore we wanted to celebrate our 30th direct delivery from Boeing by honoring the man behind this magnificent machine – Joe Sutter,” said Dirk Reich, president and CEO of Cargolux Airlines.