Cargolux takes delivery of fifth 747-8F

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Luxembourg-based freight specialist Cargolux takes delivery of its fifth Boeing 747-8 freighter on 13 September.

The aircraft (registration LX-VCF) is the second 747-8F to enter Cargolux's fleet with an improved maximum takeoff weight of 448 tonnes - six tonnes higher than its earlier deliveries.

The airline has eight additional 747-8Fs on order, one of which will be delivered later in 2012.

Cargolux is gradually allowing leases on its existing 747-400s to expire as its fleet modernisation programme progresses. Silk Way Airlines and Kenya Airways are among the carriers to receive its older units.

Delivery of Cargolux's first 747-8F was delayed in the autumn of 2011 following a dispute over the contractual performance of the aircraft.