IAG Cargo says its fleet modernization program, which includes the addition of next-generation Airbus A350-1000 long-haul aircraft, will increase capacity and enhance functionality. Subject to approval by IAG shareholders, 18 of the aircraft are due to come into service beginning in 2018, with IAG holding options for a further 18. The aircraft will operate on routes across IAG’s network, as well as providing the ability to target new markets as required.
The A350-1000 order is part of IAG’s wider fleet modernization program which includes an order for 24 Boeing 787s and options for 18 more, which IAG is planning to convert into firm orders. The B787s are due to come online from 2013 and combined with the A350s will provide IAG Cargo’s customers with a stronger array of wide-body capacity. Additionally, IAG will be bringing into service 12 Airbus A380s, also from this year.
With the A350, IAG Cargo says its customers will benefit from the availability of an additional three pallets of cargo space per aircraft, equating to a maximum payload of approximately 30 tonnes. These next-generation aircraft will also provide enhanced functionality, including air conditioning in the cargo bays, which is highly beneficial for the transportation of temperature-sensitive freight including pharmaceuticals travelling under the carrier’s Constant Climate product and perishable goods.