Port of Seattle Celebrates Arrival of Boeing 747-8 Freighter With Long-time Customer Cargolux
Highlights Sea-Tac Airport's Regional Cargo Impact
(Seattle) October 12, 2011 - The Port of Seattle joins long-time air cargo customer Cargolux to celebrate today's arrival and debut cargo loading of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
"We appreciate the commitment by Cargolux to this region's freight hauling capacity by placing this historic aircraft into service right here at Sea-Tac," said Mark Reis, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport. "This investment by our freight partner highlights the capabilities of Sea-Tac's air cargo service as an economic engine to our entire region."
Each year an estimated $15 billion worth of air freight is exported through Sea-Tac; another $5 billion is imported. Air freight shipped through Sea-Tac is related to 136,201 jobs representing over $8.1 billion in wages and salaries and $737 million in state and local taxes.
Cargolux is one of Sea-Tac's longest serving cargo carriers who began in 1983. Servicing the world through their home base in Luxembourg, Cargolux is one of two main deck freighter services out of Sea-Tac to Europe. In 2010, Cargolux shipped 8,796 metric tons of cargo through Sea-Tac.
The 747-8 Freighter is the new high-capacity 747 that will give cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is 250 feet, 2 inches long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The stretch provides customers with 16 percent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor. That translates to four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.
Cargolux is one of the leading cargo airlines worldwide, operating scheduled and charter services on a network covering all continents. The company offers over 40 years of experience and, measured in tonne-kilometers flown, today ranks in 9th position worldwide. In Europe, Cargolux is the largest all-cargo airline.
The Port of Seattle Fire Department honored the inaugural arrival with a traditional water salute over the top of the aircraft.
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010, and is ranked 19th for air cargo with more than 283,000 metric tons in 2010. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 21 international cities.