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Cargolux grows stronger.

Cargolux grows stronger Luxembourg--Cargolux, Europe's largest all-cargo airline, flies the flag of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and like that tiny nation has grown accustomed to being the occasional butt of ridicule. When U.S. cargo airline Flying Tigers, in objecting to the Cargolux U.S. operations, observed that Luxembourg is the size of Coney Island with a population less than that of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cargolux President Sten Grotenfelt retorted dryly: "I have not been to either place but I understand that archaeologists have discovered the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Albuquerque."

Since its foundation in 1970 Cargolux has had to contend with enormous difficulties due to Luxembourg's lack of clout in negotiating bilateral air transport agreements with other nations. No bilateral was signed with the U.S. until 1986 and that agreement still lacks specific route annexes. Thus Cargolux has no scheduled traffic rights to the U.S. and is restricted to three non-scheduled flights weekly to five designated co-terminal points--Houston, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. …

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