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28 ноября 2011
Tolmachevo - The first in Russia
November 26, Novosibirsk airport (Tolmachevo) became the first Russian airport, which took a new type of the largest commercial cargo aircraft Boeing 747-8 of the Luxembourg airline Cargolux.
Boeing747-8 is the largest commercial cargo aircraft and belong to a new generation of the famous series of the Boeing 747. It has a lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings and improved economic efficiency. This airliner is the longest passenger aircraft in the world - nearly one meter longer than the Airbus A340-600. It is manufactured in a cargo and passenger versions.
Cargo Boeing747-8 landed at the Tolmachevo airport at 08:51 local time, following from Shanghai.Airline specialists have provided all necessary technical support for the aircraft for 50 minutes.Boeing747-8 filled around 88 tons of fuel for the flight to final destination - Luxembourg. Landing was carried out on the first runway, whilst advantages of the runway-2, which was put into operation last year (certified by ICAO Category II), the crew has assessed by performing a takeoff.
Heads of the airport, as well as more than 40 spotters, fans of aviation photography, that came from six cities, including Moscow, in a solemn atmosphere greeted the new cargo airliner. The Cargolux crew thanked the airport specialists for quality and operative service. The appearance of the Luxembourg Cargolux Airlines International at the Tolmachevo airport in 2011 was preceded by a series of activities. In July, by results of the evaluation, company's representatives had made a positive decision to start flight operations with technical landings at the Tolmachevo airport for flights following from Asia. In September, the Boeing 747-400 made its first flight, and on November 24 at the jubilee International Exhibition "Transport of Russia-2011" in Moscow in a solemn atmosphere was signed a ground handling and fuel providing agreements between the airport Tolmachevo and Cargolux Airlines.
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cargolux, Henning SAM HOUSE congratulated his partner:
- Despite the fact that our experts have come to you just a few months ago, today we are fulfilling ten technical stops in a week. We are pleased to be a launch customer of Boeing 747-8 and its not less pleasantly to share this success with the Tolmachevo where the plane touched the ground of the Russian Federation for the first time.
General Director of JSC "Airport Tolmachevo" Alexander Borodin pointed out:
- We were carefully preparing for the coming of one of the largest air cargo carriers to Tolmachevo.For us it is an honor to be the first who host the largest commercial cargo Boeing747-8. We hope that the geographical position, the line maintenance station for cargo aircraft of the Boeing 747 and MD-11, which completes the certification of EASA Part-145, will allow us to increase the number of flights, optimize air traffic between Europe, China and Asia, and further cooperation with the Tolmachevo airport will be successful and long-term.
For the Novosibirsk airport (Tolmachevo) the new largest commercial cargo aircraft Boeing747-8 is not the first experience in receiving large aircraft. For example, last year at the Novosibirsk airport ground handling for the world's largest cargo aircraft AN-225 "Mriya" was performed, the "Transaero" airlines flights were carried out on the largest twin-engined airliner in the world - the Boeing 777-200ER , and this year Novosibirsk airport (Tolmachevo) is the one of the few has been authorized to accept the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus A-380.
Cargolux Airlines International SA,(brand name -Cargolux) - cargo airline based in Luxembourg. Founded in 1970. It is one of the largest European transport airlines operating around the world with scheduled and charter flights. The base airport - Luxembourg Findel international airport. The company has more than 85 offices in more than 50 countries, providing services for the maintenance of the fleet, as well as the extensive network of truck transportation in more than 50 points in the U.S. and Europe. Worldwide, the company Cargolux employs more than 1,500 employees. Aircraft fleet consists of 12 aircraft Boeing 747-400. Cargolux became a launch customer of the aircraft type Boeing 747-8, the first of two machines has been transferred to the carrier in mid-October 2011. The total order of aircraft type Boeing 747-8 by the carrier is 13. The first airport which served Cargolux Airlines flight in North America became Airport Huntsville (Huntsville, USA), in the Russian Federation - Novosibirsk airport (Tolmachevo).
Boeing 747-8- double-deck wide-body passenger aircraft developed by Boeing. This airliner was announced in 2005 and it is the next generation of the famous series of the Boeing 747 with a longer fuselage, redesigned wings and improved economic efficiency. 747-8 is the largest commercial aircraft built in the U.S., as well as the longest passenger aircraft in the world which length exceeded the length of the Airbus A340-600 for almost a meter. The first flight was on February 8, 2010.The first operator of the freighter 747-8 was Cargolux Airlines, it received the first plane on October 13, 2011, the first holder of the passenger version in 2012 will be Lufthansa.On October 2011 totally ordered 115 aircraft (36 passenger and 70 freight and 9 VIP version).
Height - 19.6 meters
Length - 76, 3 meters
Wing Span - 68.4 meters
Capacity - 134 tons,
Maximum takeoff weight - 442.3 tons.