Cargolux makes first ever 747-8F landing in Riyadh
(ADW) December 1 marked another first for Cargolux' flagship Boeing 747–8 freighter as it touched down for the very first time at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before continuing on to Hong Kong.
With the new 747-8F, Cargolux has raised the bar and the airline's importance to Saudi Arabia and indeed to KKIA. Abdullah Al-Tassan, Director General of the airport, in an official statement after the first landing explained, “Cargolux has become one of our most important cargo airline clients at KKIA. The airline's upgrade of its Riyadh service today confirms our important role in the air cargo industry. It is in line with our strategic plan to attract cargo airlines from all over the world and to increase the number of cargo flights on routes with high demand.”
President of Cargolux, Frank Reimen in response stated, “We started our weekly service to Riyadh on August 1, 2010 with a Boeing 747-400 freighter. When we received our new flagship aircraft in October this year, we were keen to use the economics of the new-generation Boeing 747-8 freighter and deploy its enhanced payload capacity to King Khaled International Airport to bring high-value and temperature-sensitive goods to the Kingdom’s capital in a most efficient manner."
Cargolux has already been transporting to Riyadh since last summer, but December 1 was the historic first for the 747-8F. The new aircraft will mostly be transporting pharmaceuticals, machinery and consumer goods to Riyadh Airport.