Pharma-friendly IAG Cargo boosts Philadelphia and Calgary

BUSINESSES supported by IAG Cargo’s North American operations will benefit from the introduction of the next-generation B787 Dreamliner on two key routes of Philadelphia and Calgary, writes Nigel Tomkins, managing director.
Customers shipping goods between these airports and IAG Cargo’s hub at London Heathrow will have access to some 14 tonnes on each flight.
“The B787’s advanced hold air conditioning makes it ideal for supporting the growing trade in temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals, serviced by IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate product,” states Joe Le Beau, regional commercial manager for North America.
“This capability will be of particular benefit to the growing pharmaceuticals trade on the London-Calgary route,” he adds.
The announcement marks the latest stage in the airline’s fleet modernisation programme, which has already seen it deploy next-generation aircraft on key routes including Singapore, Hyderabad and Austin.
“When complete, this will make us one of the best-equipped cargo carriers in the industry and will enable us to further improve the premium products we offer our customers, in particular the strategically important Constant Climate product.”
One of IAG Cargo’s twice-daily flights to Philadelphia is already operated by the B787, while the second service continues to be operated by the B777.
The route will revert to being serviced by B767 and B777 aircraft from the start of the winter schedule. In addition, the daily service to Calgary is due to be served by the B787 later this year.
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