Air, Freight News

Third 747-8 for IAG

[ January 13, 2012   //   ]

IAG Cargo has taken delivery of its final two Boeing 747-8 Freighters. The freighters recently arrived at Hong Kong airport from the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle and will help IAG – which comprises British Airways and Iberia to expand its global cargo network. The Group now has three of the new generation planes, the first freighter aircraft since 2000 to be branded with British Airways’ livery.They will serve existing routes plus new services to Nairobi, Madrid and Johannesburg.

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The first of the large ro-ro newbuildings, Seatruck Progress, is now operating on Seatruck’s busy Liverpool-Dublin route and the second ferry in the series, Seatruck Power, will join this route in mid February. The third vessel, Seatruck Performance, will begin operations in the Irish Sea in April. The fourth new ferry will be launched at FSG at the end of March and enter service in June.

The new ro-ro vessels have a length of 142 m, breadth of 25 m and a deadweight of 5,300 tonnes. They each have a capacity of 150 units – 35 more than the earlier “P Class” ships.

Seatruck’s Managing Director, Irish Sea, Alistair Eagles, said: “The Seatruck Progress has already added extra capacity to the Dublin route. We look forward to the Seatruck Power and now the Seatruck Performance also joining the fleet. Seatruck now has around 20% of the Irish Sea market and we continue to gain momentum.”