Europe's largest cargo airline returns to Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

JUNEAU - Cargolux Airlines, the largest of all the cargo airlines in Europe and ninth-largest worldwide, recently completed its first scheduled stopover in Alaska after a five-year absence.

The B747 freighter touched down at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 12:35 p.m. on April 15, en route to Chicago from Hong Kong and later Luxembourg.

"This flight represents one of two new weekly, scheduled refueling stops in Alaska," airport manager, John Parrott said. "We are pleased that Cargolux has returned to the Alaska market and hope that this is the beginning of an upswing in the economics of the air cargo business."

Parrott said he also was seeing a rise in the demand for fuel from the international cargo airlines and "we hope to see even more traffic increases as the year progresses."

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