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IAG offers tonic for Indian medicine men

[ March 13, 2014   //   ]

IAG Cargo is introducing Boeing 787 aircraft on its service from Heathrow to Hyderabad on 31 March and to Chennai in October. The carrier says the new aircraft will help support the Indian pharma industry, – the aircraft has been optimised for bellyhold with air conditioning in the forward hold, making it ideal for shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and will offer an increase in capacity over the B767, which it replaces on the Hyderabad route.

Alan Dorling, global head of pharmaceuticals & life sciences at IAG Cargo commented: “The pharma market has been one of the major Indian success stories of the past decade. Our Constant Climate product provides a hugely beneficial service to businesses operating out of this market, helping them to get their medications to market fit for use. The B787 augments this service perfectly and makes it easier than ever for us to keep temperature sensitive pharma products at the right temperature during flight. We are confident that our proposition to pharma companies in India is one of the most advanced in the market.”

The move follows an increase in flight frequencies to Hyderabad from six per week to daily in October last year, making IAG Cargo the only European operator to offer daily flights on this route. Combined with the greater capacity of the B787, this has increased capacity to Hyderabad by 250% since this time last year.

Flights to Chennai will also go up from six weekly to daily in October.