IAG Cargo, the single business entity created from the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, has said it expects to benefit from the launch of three services per week between London Heathrow and Chengdu, southwest China, in September 2013.
Lack of runway capacity at Heathrow, and in southern England generally, has brought criticism from the business community that the U.K. is missing out on trade opportunities because airlines are not connecting with secondary cities in Asia in the way they can from European hubs such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
The service will be operated by 777-200ER, giving more than 5,300 cu ft of cargo capacity. IAG Cargo welcomed wide-body capacity to support the fast-growing manufacturing sector in China’s fourth city.
“Trade with China is more important than ever to businesses around the world,” said John Cheetham, regional commercial manager, APAC at IAG Cargo. “Over the last few years we have seen a migration in manufacturing from the Yangtze River Delta to the Sichuan Province in China, centered on its capital city, Chengdu. This new service will help us support customers in this region by connecting them to our global network via our Heathrow hub.”