Cargolux marks 50 years of operation


Today (March 5) marks a remarkable milestone for Cargolux as the all-cargo carrier celebrates its 50th anniversary. Exactly half a century ago, Luxembourg’s national carrier Luxair, Iceland’s national carrier Loftleiðir, the Swedish shipping company Salén and private investors, founded Cargolux. With a single aircraft and a handful of employees, they created what was to become “one of the world’s leading all-cargo carriers,” says the carrier.

Throughout its history, the company has been “a pioneer” in the air freight industry. The first airline to fly the 747-400F, Cargolux was also the launch customer for the 747-8F and the first to operate both aircraft-type simulators.

This year will be celebrated with special events for customers and staff worldwide.

“It is a remarkable achievement for an all-cargo operator to celebrate 50 years in existence and I think I speak on behalf of the whole company when I say we are proud of how far our airline has come. We have weathered many storms over the years and this celebration shows the world how committed and dedicated our employees are. In addition, I would also like to thank all of our customers and business partners in helping us get to commemorating this memorable occasion,” says Richard Forson, Cargolux’s president and CEO.


A retrospective website has been launched to commemorate the airline’s journey and evolution. The narrative which takes readers through the years is complemented by pictures of our core business and our fleet over half a century.