IAG Cargo, the result of the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, has begun a major fleet modernisation program as British Airways welcomes two next-generation aircraft models to its fleet: the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380.
The arrival of the aircraft marks the start of a 10-year fleet renewal plan that will see the delivery of 78 wide-body aircraft to the group.
Replacing the B767 and B747 models, the new B787 aircraft offer increased cargo capacity and is 25 per cent more fuel efficient than others of its size in use today. This will allow IAG Cargo to increase its capacity while controlling costs and better manage the environmental impact of its operations. On all existing B787 orders, IAG Cargo has specified air conditioning capabilities for the hold, which will allow customers to transport temperature-sensitive cargo, such as perishables or pharmaceuticals.
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 A380s currently flying, allowing it to carry more cargo. As the aircraft is enabled with air conditioning in the forward hold and heating and ventilation in the rear hold, it will also be well suited for the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods, as temperature can be set and maintained within 1C accuracy.
Over the next ten years, the program will see the delivery of 24 Boeing 787s, 12 A380s and 6 Boeing 777-300ER. Additionally, IAG has ordered 18 A350-1000s and plans to convert options on a further 18 787s, both subject to shareholder approval.