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Cargolux Connects Houston and West Africa

November 1, 2011

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Cargolux has expanded its presence in the Houston market by launching service to West Africa.
One of the leading cargo airlines in the world is now operating freight service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana, two of West Africa’s strongest energy markets.

Cargolux launched operations between Houston and the African continent on October 24 with its Boeing 747-400 aircraft.  In the future, the route will feature the company’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 747-8F. The next generation aircraft increases payload capacity, reduces fuel burn and also lowers noise and emission levels.

“This is going to open up new supply chain options for shippers and logistics companies in Houston,” says Genaro Peña, director of air service development for the Houston Airport System. “Exports from Houston can now fly directly into Africa, rather than being routed through other traditional, intermediate gateways.”

Cargolux executives are already keenly aware of Houston’s position as a major producer of oil and natural gas, a position that requires routine shipments of both heavy equipment and specialized machinery. The cargo carrier was already operating five flights each week connecting Houston with Glasgow, Scotland and Luxembourg.

Representatives with Cargolux say this service is one of the carrier’s longest routings. The aircraft originates in Luxembourg and makes stops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Chicago and New York before touching down in Houston. Crew and cargo then make their way to Nigeria and Ghana before closing the loop with a return flight to Luxembourg.

“Houston continues to build an even stronger identity as a vital hub in the global cargo route network,” Pena says. “Our region’s strong economic climate and favorable geographical location are getting more and more attention from business leaders around the world. That’s why we’re seeing new airlines enter the market and existing airlines expand their route schedule.”

In 2010, the Houston Airport System recorded an annual increase of 15 percent in the amount of air cargo processed over the prior year. Through the first six months of 2011, the increase stood at 6.9 percent over the totals posted during the same time period in 2010. 
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