PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2672 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3236 times:
I've recently been viewing B747-400F pictures in the database, and noticed that Cargolux has both GE's (CF6-80E, I believe), and RR's (RB211) engines on certain ships. Some (one, I think) is a -428F, ex-Air France. Did they (sub-)lease this from AF, or buy it? And either way, why didn't AF retire a classic freighter instead of selling a newer one?
Also, some of Cargolux's on -47RFs have both GE's and RR's. What is the reasoning behind this? Were they separate orders and just so happened to get one hell of a deal, or do they do it to be certified on lot's of different engines, to win maintenance contracts, like Lufthansa does (ex. the RR's on their A333's, PW's on the A332's)?
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3136 times:
LX-ICV, the single 747-428 was never owned by AF. It was the prototype 744F which was supposed to go to AF, but due to their financial problems at that time, AF never took it. So it went into storage until it was bought by Cargolux. Until a D check two or three years ago it still had the AF seats in the upper deck, which are now replaced by the standard C-Class style seats.
As Backfire said, the older 744F's have GE engines while all newer ones are powered by RR.