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THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF A NEW ERA

Luxembourg, 7 June 2010 – Boeing has rolled out the first B747-8F for Cargolux from its paint hangar in Seattle today. The aircraft sports a new livery that will be applied to the entire Cargolux 747-8F fleet.

Following the unique transition paint scheme with fading stripes on the last 747-400F received, the new livery on Cargolux’s 747-8 is an evolution from the current design and gives a glimpse of a new era for the company that will begin with the arrival of the aircraft in Luxembourg later this year.

The new design stands for continuity and commitment while confirming the fundamental principles that made Cargolux successful over more than 40 years. The red, white and blue stripes symbolize the company’s roots in Luxembourg, its hub and home base.

The expanding red color towards the tail is a symbol of strength and growth, power and expansion. An additional logo on the belly further promotes the brand.

Cargolux is happy to finally see its first new aircraft roll out after a number of production delays at Boeing. With its new workhouse, the airline can operate a freighter with dramatically enhanced efficiency and environmental improvements. The 747-8 is clean and quiet, showing a 17% reduction in specific fuel consumption over its predecessor, the 747-400F. The new GEnx engines have a 17% reduction in carbon emissions and help to reduce the noise footprint of the aircraft by 30%.

The 747-8F is almost six meters longer than the 747-400F, resulting in an increased capacity of 148 tons of freight. Cargolux has specifically built its new maintenance hangar to accommodate the new aircraft’s increased size.

Please visit the Cargolux website to download pictures of the new livery at http://www.cargolux.com/Press/PictureGallery.php?nid=5

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s largest all-cargo airline, operating a modern fleet of 15 B747-400 freighters; another B747-400F is leased to Cargolux Italia. Its worldwide network coves 90 destinations, 60 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries, and also offers an extensive trucking network to more than 70 destinations in Europe and the US, as well as charter and aircraft maintenance services. Cargolux employs more than 1400 staff worldwide.

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