Ydna_anderson From Philippines, joined Jun 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1624 times:
hello guys... i was just surfing and looking at pictures of cargolux airplanes... and i've noticed that they were all 747's.... i assume that they really do have a big opperation going to have that kind of a fleet... i really dont know much about cargo's and stuff but can anyone tell me more about cargolux and their opperations?
hub? fleet? i suppose they do it like fed ex where smaller planes bring the cargo to their hub before transporting to another place right?
how come they dont have smaller planes? y all 747's?
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
Cargolux is based at Luxembourg's Findel airport. It operates 12 747-400F, the newest one was just delivered on 23rd August.
The company benefits from its single type fleet, i.e. all pilots are licensed to fly all aircraft, same for the mechanics on the maintenance side and of course for the spare parts (well, 5 aircraft have GE engines while 7 have RR engines, but besides that they are identical).
Luxembourg itself is a small country with not much industry, it is more famous for its banks and for the media business (RTL TV, Astra satellite). So the majority of the cargo is trucked from origins (or in the other directions to destinations) all over Europe. There are regular Road Feeder Services to many places, plus others that can be customized for bigger shipments. Different than e.g. Lufthansa or Air France, Cargolux only deals with forwarders while LH and AF also take cargo from shippers directly. Of course there are also lots of transfer shipments like HKG-LUX-MEX.
The network serves all continents and includes destinations like Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Calgary, Mexico, Guadalajara, Bogota, Latacunga, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Abidjan, Accra, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Damascus, Istanbul, Beirut, Karachi, Tehran, Baku, Chennai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Taipei, Shanghai, Manila, Komatsu, Melbourne, Auckland plus some places in Europe which are a stop on the way to or from long haul destinations, just like Vitoria, Manchester, Prestwick, Budapest.
Distribution from the Cargolux gateways to the actual destinations of the shipments is either done by truck or via interline agreements with a number of other carriers - if the cargo is not picked up directly at the gateway.
@Bigo747 : The routing is actually LUX-KUL-MEL-AKL-LAX-GDL-LUX
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4461 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
Yes, that's true. Cargolux, founded in 1970, is an all-cargo airline and it operates 747-400F's only (I saw one two weeks ago when I was hiking there), they no longer have 747-200's. They have operated the Canadair CL-44 and the Douglas DC-8 as well. Cargolux was the launch customer of the 747-400F and introduced the type in late 1993.
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