Cargolux Orders 777-8s to Replace 747-400s

Cargolux New Boeing 777X Freighter

Luxembourg-based cargo giant Cargolux announced at the Farnborough Air Show earlier this year that they would be placing an order for Boeing 777-8 Freighters to replace their older Boeing 747-400 Freighters.

On Wednesday, October 12, Boeing announced that they had finalized the deal. Cargolux ordered ten 777-8Fs, with the option for six more, a deal valued at over four billion dollars. Cargolux is expecting the first 777-8F to be delivered in 2027. The 777-8 produces fewer emissions, is more fuel efficient, and is quieter than the aging Boeing 747-400Fs in Cargolux’s fleet, so it makes sense that they would begin replacing them.

Cargolux’s decision to favor Boeing’s 777-8F rather than Airbus’ competitive A350F keeps Cargolux’s fleet as an all-Boeing fleet. “The Boeing 777-8 has nearly identical payload and range capabilities as the 747-400 cargo jet while providing 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions and 25% better operating costs per ton, according to Boeing. It also produces less noise than its predecessors,” said Freight Waves. Boeing has received, in total, over 50 orders for their 777-8 aircraft.

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