Skip to comments.Cargolux to negociate with Boeing for the procurement of next generation aircraft. (747 Advanced)
Posted on 07/21/2005 3:54:05 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
Luxembourg, 20th July 2005. - The Board of Directors of Cargolux has authorized Management to enter into negotiations with Boeing for the procurement of a minimum of 10 Boeing B747 Advanced Freighters (ADV F) for delivery beginning as of 2009.
The Board decision is the culmination of a thorough and lengthy selection process. For some time, Cargolux had encouraged aircraft and engine manufacturers to build a new generation aircraft offering better economics and environmental protection.
More recently, Cargolux had launched an in-depth analysis of all factors relevant to the decision, leading to the selection of a successor aircraft to the B747-400F currently operated by the company. The B747-ADV freighter will combine state-of-the-art airframe and engine technology. Environmentally, this aircraft will meet all future noise limitations and assure lowest emissions and allow Cargolux to maintain its profitability in an environment marked by very high fuel prices.
Cargolux President and CEO Uli Ogiermann stated: "Management's recommendation to the Board is the result of a very thorough analysis during which we assessed which aircraft was best suited to our fleet renewal in the next decade. The fact that we enter into negotiations with the Boeing company is based purely on commercial considerations, supported by the environmental benefits the B747-ADV F offers."
Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe's largest all-cargo airline, operating a modern fleet of 13 freighters B747-400F on a worldwide network, covering 90 destinations, 57 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries and also offers an extensive trucking network to more than 50 destinations in Europe and the US as well as charter and aircraft maintenance services. Cargolux employs more than 1300 staff worldwide.
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Am I stating the obvious when I say they should be buying the 380? Or, at least, Airbus thinks they should be?
Am I right in speculating that "x" number of the 90 destinations to which Cargolux flies probably aren't willing to modify their runways and cargo terminals to accommodate the A380? If I'm right, Cargolux would lose "some" destinations by choosing the A380.
The A380 is not a good aircraft to carry oversized or dense freight. The floors especially the upper deck floor are not strong enough, and the A380 runs out of lift capacity long before it runs out of space. The 747 cargo version has a nose door allowing it to load oversized cargo for which freight airlines charge premium prices. The A380F will be more suited to carrying packages for UPS or FedEx than industrial cargoes that Cargolux and other freight lines carry. The A380F will have more range than the 747 Advanced freighter allowing nonstop freight service from the US to China, but most freight lines don't care if they need to make an extra stop. Freighers are designed with less range than the passenger variants of the same aircraft so they can haul more weight. They also tend to have stronger landing gear in order to land with more weight. Passenger planes carry more fuel and burn it off before landing so they are lighter by the time they land.
See my 7. The writer half joked that airports will have to build 50 acre turnaround ramps for the 380 unless they redesign the gear.
I got a Freepmail about that a couple of days ago. Apparently Airbus wanted to save weight by not having all four landing gear assemblies steerable. I wonder how much expense correcting their landing gear problem will add to the development program?
That's the one. The pics showed the tires ripped off the rims and supposedly there were damaged gear components.
How are orders for the 787 stacking up against the A-380?
From the Boeing Website:
|2005 Net Orders||-14||336||5||0||25||87||439|
|All Nippon Airways||2||2|
|Boeing Business Jet||3||3|
|First Choice Airways||6||6|
|GE Capital Corporation||26||26|
|Guggenheim Aviation Partners||6||6|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||1||1|
|Singapore Aircraft Leasing||20||20|
|U.S. Air Force||3||3|
|2005 Gross Orders||336||10||4||24||87||461|
|2005 Net Orders||-14||336||5||0||25||87||439|
This chart includes both gross and net total orders for the current year. The net total includes order changes such as conversions or cancellations subtracted from the gross total orders (net year of cancel). This chart is updated weekly.
The totals displayed in the reporting database are 'net year of order' totals. The data for the reports is updated once a month.
|Blue text in the chart above indicates updates for the current week.|
|For more information on the underlying data, see report notes.|
The 737 platform has proven to be one of the more flexible airline designs around. They are still modding that thing, and coming out with another version soon that will carry even more passengers.
Besides Cargolux, I think Atlas Air, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and the air cargo divisions of Cathay Pacific Airways, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, and Singapore Airlines would love to buy the plane.
When it first came out, a friend in the airline business referred to the 737 as a "stubby." It certainly doesn't look sawed off today.
I have no idea. I looked at the Airbus site and they post total sales for each model, not year by year orders.
Interesting. I've erased the email and pics my friend had sent me but I believe he mentioned something about possible propaganda wars going on between Boeing and Airbus