airline = Cargolux Airlines International
logo_size = 250
IATA = CV
ICAO = CLX
callsign = CARGOLUX
key_people = Ulrich Ogiermann (President and CEO)
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Luxembourg-Findel International Airport
fleet_size = 16 (+15 orders)
destinations = 45
website = http://www.cargolux.com/
Cargolux Airlines International S.A.,
trading asCargolux, is a cargo airlinebased in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. It is one of the largest scheduled all-cargo airlines in Europe with a global network. Charter flights and third party maintenance are also operated. Its main base is Luxembourg-Findel International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International| page= 61 | date= 2007-04-03] .
The airline was established in March 1970 by
Luxair, the Salen Shipping Group, Loftleidir Icelandicand various private interests in Luxembourg. It started operations in May 1970 with one Canadair CL-44freighter with services from Luxembourg to Hong Kong.
Over the next two years, the airline grew, as did their public visibility. In
1973, Cargolux had five CanadairCL-44s and made the leap into the jet age by acquiring a Douglas DC-8jet. This enabled the company to speed up their cargo deliveries. In 1974, Loftleidir Icelandicand Cargolux joined their maintenance and engineering departments together, and by 1975, Cargolux enjoyed the new facilities of new central offices and two plane hangars.
In 1978, the airline began to take shape into the company it is today. The Canadair CL-44's began to be retired and the airline ordered its first
Boeing 747s. In that same year they also began flying to other places in Asia, as well as to the United States. In 1979, as the company concluded its first decade, their first Boeing 747's were delivered.In 1982, China Airlinesbecame the first airline company to sign a strategic alliance with Cargolux. 1983saw the introduction of "CHAMP" (Cargo Handling And Management Planning) and the start of some charter passenger flights for the Hajjpilgrimage. 1984saw the departure of the last Douglas DC-8in the fleet and the addition of a third Boeing 747. Lufthansabought a 24.5% share of the airline in 1987 and Luxair increased their share to 24.53%. 1988saw the birth of Lion Air, a passenger charter airlinethat was set up by both Cargolux and Luxair. The airline had two Boeing 747 jets but Cargolux's venture into the charter airline world prove unsuccessful and soon Lion Air folded.
Despite that setback, Cargolux made it into the
1990's in proper financial shape. They added two more Boeing 747's in 1990, as a way of celebrating their 20th anniversary, and in 1993, three Boeing 747-400F's arrived at Luxembourg. 1995saw Cargolux have a year round celebration because of its 25th anniversary and Heiner Wilkenswas named CEO and President.
In 1997, Luxair was able to increase their share to 34%, while in September 1997 Lufthansa sold their 24.5% to
Sair Logisticsand Swiss Cargomade a cooperation agreement with the Luxembourg company. 1998saw Sair Logistics increase their share to 33%.
By 1999, Cargolux's fleet had reached double figures, with ten Boeing 747s. In 2000 a route was opened to
Seoul, South Korea, and in 2001 Wilkens decided to step down as President and CEO of the air company.
The airline is owned by Luxair (34.9%),
SAirGroup(33.7%), Luxembourg Financial Corporations (31.1%) and other shareholders (0.3%) (at January 2005).
Incidents and accidents
In January 2006, the nose gear of a plane in park position was accidentally retracted. Nobody was injured. The incident occurred at
Shanghai Pudong International Airport. [ [http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2006/01/26/204337/picture-cargolux-boeing-747-freighter-nose-damaged-in.html Cargolux incident at Shanghai Airport] ]
The Cargolux fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of
10 September 2008) [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=CV&al_op=1] :
Boeing 747-400F[ [http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2008/q3/080725a_pr.html Boeing Press Release July 25, 2008] ] (one aircraft is operated for Silk Way Airlines)
*10 Boeing 747-8F freighters were ordered on
16 November 2005, with the first delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2009. Options are held for 10 additional aircraft. To cover expansion until the -8Fs enter service, two 747-400F freighters were also ordered on March 10 2006, for delivery in 2007 and 2008. Rolls-Royce RB211engines will power the new 747-400Fs. [ [http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/04/03/Navigation/177/205770/Cargolux+stays+with+Rolls-Royce+to+power+latest+747-400s.html Cargolux orders] ]
*Options for 3 more Boeing 747-8F freighters were turned into orders on
March 19 2007, and two more options were added. [ [http://www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/news/2007/q1/070319a_nr.html More Cargolux orders] ]
* [http://www.cargolux.com Cargolux official website]
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