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IAG A380 en route to Jo’Burg

[ February 7, 2014   //   ]

IAG Cargo has started A380 commercial flights to Johannesburg. It replaces the B747 on the route, and offers specified hold air conditioning which is expected to be welcomed by the South African perishables market.

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

IAG Cargo will also offer three extra flights between London Heathrow and Cape Town from 1 May, bringing the total number of weekly frequencies to 10. The new flights will be serviced by a 777-200ER.

Over the next ten years, IAG Cargo will completely modernise its fleet with 24 Boeing 787s, 12 A380s and six Boeing 777-300ERs. It has also ordered 18 A350-1000s and plans to convert options on a further 18 787s, both subject to shareholder approval.

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