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BA takes delivery of first 747-8F

[ November 4, 2011   //   ]

IAG Cargo, the freight arm of the new joint British-Airways-Iberia airline, has taken delivery of the first of three Boeing 747-8 Freighters. The aircraft landed at London Stansted Airport at 7.30am GMT on Friday 4 November, following a delivery flight from the Boeing in Seattle. The freighters will be supplied through a five-year wet lease agreement with Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS), a 49% UK affiliate of Atlas Air, owner of the aircraft. They will replace IAG Cargo’s current fleet of 747-400 freighters and will be the first freighter aircraft since 2000 to be branded with British Airways’ livery.

Managing director of IAG Cargo, Steve Gunning, said: “In addition to the extended global network offered through IAG Cargo, our freighters will provide customers with increased capacity and, for the first time, freighter routes to Nairobi and Johannesburg.”