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Cargolux: Why Both GE And RR Engines?

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:01 am

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)?

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RE: Cargolux: Why Both GE And RR Engines?

Sun Jun 06, 2004 7:46 pm

Cargolux has five CF6-powered 747s and the other nine (including the one on order) are RB211-powered.

All the CF6 aircraft are pre-1998, the RB211 jets came afterwards.
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RE: Cargolux: Why Both GE And RR Engines?

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:04 pm

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.

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RE: Cargolux: Why Both GE And RR Engines?

Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:35 am

Airline do change powerplant types at time to time,though it is not that usual.

As an example UPS ordered the first batch of 757's with P&W engines,for the later batch they chose the RR RB211-535 series.

Regarding the LH 332's,they are leased hence P&W engines - not a maker LH has used since the old 727/732 days.