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BOEING 747-400 FREIGHTER SERVICE LAUNCHED BY CARGOLUX

 SEATTLE, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Commercial Airplane Group and Cargolux Airlines International opened a new chapter in air cargo transport today when the Luxembourg-based all-freight carrier took delivery of its first 747-400 Freighter.
 The big cargo jet, christened "City of Luxembourg," will be the first 747-400 Freighter in commercial operation when it enters service later today on Cargolux's Seattle-Luxembourg route transporting cargo for Japanese freight forwarder Nippon Express. Cargolux is scheduled to take delivery of two more 747-400Fs, one next month and another in 1997.
 General Electric CF6-80C2 engines power the new Cargolux freighters.
 The Boeing 747-400 Freighter is the newest member of the 747-400 family. It can carry more payload farther, for less cost per pound, than any other airplane in commercial service.
 "Our customers are telling us that as their business grows more competitive they need a freighter with improved performance that can provide more flexibility in their operations," said Ed Renouard, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Everett Division, where the 747-400 Freighter is assembled. "That meant designing the airplane to carry more payload and fly farther at less cost. But at the same time our focus has been on maintaining and improving the established record of the 747-400 for high reliability and low maintenance," he added.
 Freight operators now have more choices in planning their operations and serving their customers: The improved 747-400 Freighter can carry the equivalent of today's 747-200 Freighter payloads 900 nautical miles farther, or fly today's routes with an additional 22 tons of payload. Whichever they choose, operating costs will be lower because of a 14 percent increase in fuel efficiency over the 747-200 Freighter.
 Last month, the 747-400F received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification. Earlier this week, European aviation authorities granted approval allowing the new model to enter commercial operations.
 Boeing's newest freighter has the same fuselage dimensions as the 747-200F, but includes the advanced features of the 747-400 passenger airplane, such as a new digital flight deck, advanced engines and improved aerodynamics.
 Other airline customers for the big cargo aircraft are Air France, Asiana of Korea, Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
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