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Cargolux 747f's

Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:23 pm

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?

thanks a lot in advance....

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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Tue Sep 10, 2002 12:40 am

Cargolux is from Luxemburg. There is also their hub. Their fleet consists of 12 747-400 freighters. I don't know how their operations are organized, maybe you should take look at their website.

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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Tue Sep 10, 2002 6:04 am

Cargolux flys around the world with freight ....LUX-HKG-MEL-AKL-LAX-LUX is one of the worldwide freighter flights cargolux operates with a 747-400F

Cargolux also transports a lot of live animals !

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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Tue Sep 10, 2002 7:27 am

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




RE: Cargolux 747f's

Tue Sep 10, 2002 8:26 am

LUX-KUL-MEL-AKL-LAX-GDL-LUX is the monday service
LUX-HKG-MEL-AKL-LAX-LUX is the saturday service ...(Two services two Auckland a week )

Thats the routing into Auckland

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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Tue Sep 10, 2002 11:18 am

we had one in dfw a few years back, it came a few times...
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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Wed Sep 11, 2002 8:02 am

@bigo747 :
Dunno where you got your schedule information from, but there are only two versions of the Australia service:

Leaving LUX on thursday :

Leaving LUX on saturday :

There is definitely no HKG-MEL service, also the transpac sector is only served once a week.

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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Wed Sep 11, 2002 8:31 am

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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RE: Cargolux 747f's

Wed Sep 11, 2002 3:06 pm

Well 1 of the AKL services comes from MEL goes to LAX.
The other may aswell it goes to HKG anyway!

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