IAG Cargo is expanding its operations in the Asia Pacific with an additional freighter service into Hong Kong starting Oct. 31.
With this new service, IAG Cargo offers customers six freighter flights into the territory per week. The additional flight will support the two daily British Airways flights into the territory.
“Hong Kong is an incredibly important trade center, not least for the garment and consumer electronics sectors, and we have seen good growth from the region to all destinations,” Steve Gunning, managing director at IAG Cargo, said. “Our additional capacity will be welcome as businesses gear up for the peak Christmas season, and we expect to see increasing volumes of consumer goods coming out of Hong Kong over the next few months.”
The additional flight will be serviced by a Boeing 747-8 freighter and will depart Hong Kong airport on Saturday mornings. The flight to Hong Kong will stop in Frankfurt and will return to London via New Delhi.
“The stop in India is a huge benefit for our customers as the Hong Kong-Delhi route is vital for a range of businesses,” Gunning said. “We believe our new cargo services in the region will offer us a real strategic advantage over the competition and helps further underline our core businesses differentiator: the strength and depth of our network.”
With this additional freighter, IAG Cargo now provides the Hong Kong market with around 700 tonnes of freighter lift a week in addition to passenger aircraft, which can provide about 200 tonnes per week in the belly-hold.