Luxembourg freight carrier Cargolux will request US Export Import guarantees today at a meeting at the export credit agency's offices in Washington DC.
The airline, which has 13 Boeing 747-8F aircraft on order, already received in November 2009 a preliminary commitment for Ex-Im support covering the first six units to be delivered this year.
Separately, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker expects to conclude the deal for a 35% stake in Cargolux this month, reports ATI.
Al Baker told ATI that the acquisition of a stake in the Luxembourg-based airline comes some six years after talks first began. "It is a strong move for both airlines. There will be so many synergies that benefit us both and it will make Luxembourg a stronger [cargo] hub," he said
Cargolux posted a full-year net profit of $59.8 million for 2010, compared with loss of $153 million in 2009.
Revenue increase by 29.3% to $1.74 billion for the 12 months ended 31 December 2010.