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IAG offers new simpler service

[ November 4, 2014   //   ]

IAG Cargo has launched EuroConnector, which it describes as a simple, cost effective and time-definite option for freight into, around and out of Europe. Launched in time for the Christmas peak, the service will primarily be aimed at forwarders that currently rely on trucking in Europe.

IAG is offering a simple tariff for the 114 European destinations on its network, and delivers cargo in either 24 or 48 hours. The service, which utilises capacity on narrow-body aircraft, is available for shipments of less than 300kg. Is also a performance guarantee on EuroConnector 24 and cut-off times range from two to six hours depending on whether the cargo is loose or intact. All routings are via London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Madrid or Barcelona.

EuroConnector compliments IAG’s Cargo Connector which offers road pick up and deliver for forwarders or near major airports such as London Heathrow or Frankfurt. Both services are for shipments of under 300kg, and the delivery to door element would be applicable for a destination like Frankfurt where Cargo Connector has recently been introduced. For European destinations where Cargo Connector is not present, forwarders will deliver and pick up cargo at the airport themselves.

EuroConnector also applies to loads of less than 300kg that transit through IAG Cargo’s London Heathrow, Gatwick, Madrid or Barcelona hubs before they terminate. IAG says it offers a much more rapid and secure service for transporting goods around Europe and pricing is also simplified for example, there is dedicated regional pricing to and from North America, Europe, UK and Ireland, Africa, Middle East and S America.

From all regions there are two prices, one for EuroConnector 24 and one for EuroConnector 48 to any European destination. In North America, European pricing is banded into three destination groups.

IAG Cargo CEO, Steve Gunning, commented: “EuroConnector offers global businesses a choice of time-definite, cost-effective solutions for shipping goods into, around and out of Europe. Innovative services such as EuroConnector will prove hugely important to our continued long-term success; improving capacity utilisation and helping us grow market share.”