Cargolux Boeing 747-8F

Cargolux Boeing 747-8F

It has been over three weeks since Cargolux was supposed to take delivery of their first Boeing 747-8 Freighter. As of now, there is still no official date for when that delivery will occur.

During an unrelated event, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who has a 35% stake in Cargolux, stated that he hoped Cargolux would take ownership of their first 747-8F on October 12th. That date was dependent on a Cargolux board meeting that took place on Friday, October 7th.

According to a press release issued by Cargolux, a decision was not reached during the board meeting. ’œDiscussions over these issues will continue over the weekend. The Company will provide an update as soon as an agreement has been reached.’

As of today, there is still no date for when Cargolux will receive their first 747-8F.

At this point, Boeing is not sure if there will be a delivery celebration or a quiet departure; they are waiting to hear what Cargolux desires. ’œWe continue to speak with Cargolux and look forward to delivering its airplanes,’ Boeing spokesperson Doug Alder Jr, explained to

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1) The board agreed to take delivery of the planes with the original terms
2) Al Baker came in, said no, and presumably got better deal with Boeing/GE
3) The board, who approved the presumably weaker deal say no to the better deal

Something doesn’t make sense.

Al Baker is involved. Don’t expect sense. I’m still wondering if Cathay Pacific or Korean will beat Cargolux to the first in-service -8.

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