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BA launches IAG Cargo development programme

IAG Cargo has marked the beginning of a major fleet modernisation programme as British Airways welcomes two next generation aircraft models to its flee...

Freddie Pierce
|Jul 5|magazine4 min read

IAG Cargo has marked the beginning of a major fleet modernisation programme as British Airways welcomes two next generation aircraft models to its fleet.

The Boeing 787 and Airbus A380’s arrival marks the start of a 10 year fleet renewal plan that will see the delivery of 78 widebody aircraft to the group.

Replacing the B767 and B747 models, the new B787 aircraft offer increased cargo capacity and are 25 percent more fuel efficient than airplanes of its size in use today. This will allow IAG Cargo to increase its capacity while controlling costs and better managing the environmental impact of its operations.

On all existing B787 orders, IAG Cargo has specified air conditioning capabilities for the hold, which will prove beneficial to customers wishing to transport temperature-sensitive cargo, such as perishables or pharmaceuticals.

IAG Cargo has optimised its A380 for belly-hold cargo by purchasing two additional ULD positions in the hold and will also be the first carrier in the world to receive an A380 with an improved maximum take-off weight, 12 tonnes heavier than those currently flying, allowing it to carry more cargo.

"This is an incredibly important and exciting day for IAG Cargo and our customers,” Steve Gunning, Managing Director at IAG Cargo, said. “These new aircraft will play a crucial role in helping us to meet our commitment to provide long-term capacity solutions for businesses across the world.

“We are confident that the B787 and A380, along with the aircraft we will introduce over the next few years, give us the modern and scalable airside capabilities we need to provide the highest levels of customer service."