IAG Cargo expects an order for 18 next-generation A350-1000 long-haul aircraft to expand its capacity while enabling new routes.The 18 planes are due to operate from 2018, given approval from IAG’s shareholders. IAG also holds options for an additional 18 A350-1000s.
IAG Cargo said the aircraft offer customers an extra three pallets of cargo space per plane, bringing maximum payload up to about 30 tonnes. Enhanced functionality with the aircraft includes air conditioning in the cargo bays, which can assist in transporting temperature-sensitive freight such as pharmaceuticals. IAG’s fleet modernisation also includes an order for 24 B787s, and options for a further 18, due to bring the Dreamliner into IAG Cargo fleet from this year. Twelve A380s are also set to join IAG’s fleet this year. Steve Gunning, IAG Cargo’s managing director, described the A350 as "an extremely cargo-friendly aircraft" that perfectly fits the company’s long-haul network requirements. "This announcement, when taken with our existing orders for B787s and A380s, signals clearly to the market that IAG is planning for future requirements in order to deliver the right capacity and capabilities to support our customers’ businesses," he said.Source: routesnews, Piers Evans
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