IAG Cargo will start a new bellyhold route to New Orleans International Airport from 26 March, 2017, becoming the only carrier to fly direct from Heathrow Airport.
The new Louisiana state service will be served by a British Airways Boeing 787-8 aircraft, which has a bellyhold hold capacity up to 15 tonnes four times a week to and from New Orleans.
IAG says the new route will help to better connect customers to the 350+ destinations on IAG Cargo’s global network.
IAG Cargo commercial director, David Shepherd says: “This new route will add to our strong network offering in North America, giving local businesses a valuable connection to global markets. IAG Cargo will help support business looking to trade in the region by offering a diverse premium product portfolio and opening new export routes.
“The launch of our new Critical product in particular will mean emergency shipments, which we anticipate will include machinery parts and oil and gas components from the local area, now benefit from an absolute guarantee to fly”.
IAG says Louisiana has a GDP of $243.3 billion with perishables, oil and machinery parts being key export commodities from the region.