Cargolux orders another 747-8F

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Luxembourg-based freight operator Cargolux has ordered another Boeing 747-8F, bringing its total commitment for the type to 14.

Cargolux had been a launch customer for the 747-8F.

The carrier operates nine of the General Electric GEnx-powered aircraft as well as 11 747-400Fs, which the carrier is replacing.

"[This additional 747] will support the airline’s growth on the back of an expected increase in cargo volumes fueled by a recovery in world trade growth and improved business confidence," says the carrier.

Cargolux says the jet will be delivered in March 2015.

This year the carrier will introduce two more 747-8Fs to its fleet. It first took delivery of the type in 2011 and says it has "proven to be a valuable addition to the airline’s fleet".

It says the aircraft has "unsurpassed economics" and "lower operational costs", and demonstrated "high dispatch reliability" with an average daily utilisation of almost 16h.