One of the main reasons for Cargolux’s success over the years was our adaptability to technological advancements in the aircraft world. Our history, along with the loyalty of our customers and our growing network of destinations and hubs, goes hand in hand with the history of cargo aircraft. Without our initial CL-44s previously used on passenger services and our reliable CD-8 jets that followed we would not be here today with our modern fleet of Boeing 747s. Our desire to be a step ahead of the curve manifested itself from the very beginning as we operated a uniquely stretched version of the CL-44 that offered up to 18% of the standard version. We continued to progress by turning our interest in jet technology into practice and acquiring the first DC-8s to help us reach our destinations within tighter schedules. Finally, in the late 70s we decided to take a giant leap and focus all of our attention on the newly introduced Boeing models officially becoming a jumbo airline. By doing so, we became lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient – once again, Cargolux was leading the way into a new era.
After fifty years we are still leading the way, reaching increasingly diverse destinations and setting new records in cargo tonnage. Our fleet currently counts thirty aircraft freighters and we could not be more excited about new future possibilities that are awaiting us.
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