Cargolux to transport solar-powered boat for Arctic expedition

Cargolux Airlines is taking part in a pioneering solar-powered project as it will provide transportation for a prototype solar-powered boat, between Luxembourg and Calgary ahead of an Arctic expedition.

The Solar Arctic project was initiated by DreamTime, a non-profit organization which deals with environmental awareness and climate issues.

This expedition, undertaken by French navigator Anne Quéméré, is a solo journey in a prototype solar-energy propelled boat across the mythical Northwest Passage that links the Atlantic to the Pacific.

She will attempt to complete a 3,500 kilometre trip between Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit village in Northwestern Canada and Pond Inlet, an Inuit village on Baffin Island.

The new project for Cargolux to support it is in line with the company’s “lean and green” philosophy and its efforts to promote sustainable business within the industry.

Head of corporate communications, Moa Sigurdardottir said: “Cargolux is proud of supporting the Solar Arctic project, which, like the Solar Impulse project, is an effort to explore new and innovative paths in the transportation industry.”

In 2013 and 2015, Cargolux transported the Solar Impulse aircraft on two of its missions firstly for its  ‘Across America Tour’, and secondly for the more ambitious ‘World Tour’.