IAG Cargo announces it will be able to offer customers additional freight capacity between London and Rio de Janeiro, due to an increase in the frequency of British Airways passenger flights from April. From October 28, 2013, the route will be serviced daily by a Boeing 777-300ER, replacing the 777-200 currently servicing the route. Customers will benefit from increased access to IAG Cargo’s cargo network, which supports more than 350 destinations worldwide.
The new flight brings the weekly total on the Rio de Janeiro route to seven frequencies. This will provide IAG Cargo customers with a greater flexibility over when they send consignments and will allow them to ship an increased weight of cargo, with an additional available capacity of 42 tonnes per week.
Rio de Janeiro and Latin America overall, are important growth markets for IAG Cargo. In 2012, the London-Rio de Janeiro route generated 2759 tonnes of cargo, including general cargo, Prioritise, IAG Cargo’s premium product solution, with shipments receiving the fastest publicised cut off and delivery times of any air carrier and Constant Climate, precision temperature controlled air cargo containers that can cater for temperature requirements as low as minus 20°C and as high as 25°C.
David Shepherd, Head of Commercial at IAG Cargo, commented: “The additional flights will prove highly beneficial to IAG Cargo’s South American business and our customers, allowing us to increase our offering in a market that is showing real growth amidst difficult global conditions. The now daily capacity builds on our extensive global network and 16 existing gateways to Latin America.”