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IAG Cargo to the rescue

[ April 9, 2020   //   ]

IAG Cargo owner of the British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling cargo brands, is operating a global network of cargo-only flights to keep supplies moving to support the fight against COVID-19.
Since March, IAG Cargo and its sister airlines have operated charter and cargo-only flights on passenger aircraft with shipments including hand sanitiser from China, India and the Middle East to London Heathrow destined for the NHS. The largest shipment booked to date has been a single charter on a British Airways aircraft carrying 55 tonnes. More than 100 tonnes of sanitiser have been shipped since March.
A large consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS, carried on British Airways B777-300 aircraft.
Aer Lingus and IAG Cargo are operating up to five flights per day from Beijing to Dublin to transport PPE for two months to supply the Irish Health Service Executive.
Iberia meanwhile carried 90 tonnes of medical supplies and protective materials from Shanghai to Madrid, on three return flights from 31 March to 1 April and IAG Cargo has now transported over 10 million masks on the Iberia network alone.
Other consignments have included 3.5 tonnes of sanitary suits from Seoul to Dublin; and four tonnes of medical parts and accessories from JFK to Shannon and 2 tonnes of lab instrumentation and medical supplies from Boston to Milan.
IAG Cargo chief executive Lynne Embleton, said: “The events of recent weeks have put our adaptiveness and agility as a business to the test. We have provided new services through charters and cargo-only flights and established new routes to put freight capacity where it is needed.
“The whole IAG Cargo team is proud to be providing these key services to maintain the flow of food and essentials and to support the unprecedented demand for medical items. We are working closely with airlines, governments, health authorities and industry partners to keep these vital supplies moving.”