IAG Cargo, the cargo division of the International Airline Group (IAG) uplifted 50 tonnes of cargo on a single flight on its long haul route from Mumbai to London operated by a B777-300ER aircraft in September – a record for IAG Cargo from India.
The record cargo comprised of a mix of products including perishables (fruits and vegetables), pharma and courier. However, it was the large amount of high dense engineering goods, destined for Europe & North America, that made the difference on weight. Capacity on the aircraft was optimised by carefully planning the weight and volume on the ULDs.
In August, IAG Cargo completed its 200th cargo-only flight out of India since May – a major milestone for the business and a testament its work to keep vital goods moving in and out of the country during the pandemic.
Speaking about the achievement, area commercial manager for South Asia, Ankush Chawla at IAG Cargo commented: “Air cargo is a vital part of the business here at IAG and at the start of the pandemic, to support our customers we were one of the first airlines to offer dedicated charter and cargo-only flights. This milestone demonstrates dedication to our customers, highlighting the commitment from the IAG Cargo India team on the ground.
“The achievement would not have been possible without the unconditional support from our business partners. We’ve been incredibly proud to be supporting Indian businesses during this time.”
Since the start of the pandemic, IAG Cargo has established a network of over 340 scheduled cargo-only flights per week, now operating daily services out of Mumbai & Delhi and multiple weekly services out of Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The business offers cargo only and charter flights and has reconfigured aircraft to maximised cargo capacity for its customers.