IAG Cargo starts using Boeing 787-9 on London – Delhi service

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IAG Cargo has started using its first Boeing 787-9 on its London – Delhi service, to take advantage of India’s growing pharma industry.

The aircraft, operated by British Airways from Heathrow Airport, provides up to 22 tonnes of cargo capacity a day. The Boeing 787-9 has can carry seven cargo pallets, and IAG Cargo says its air conditioning systems means it can maintain temperature to within one degree’s accuracy, making it ideal for temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. It has three holds, the front one for temperature sensitive shipments down to one degrees centigrade, the middle one for warmer shipments and the back one for e-commerce and last minute shipments.

IAG Cargo global head of pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Alan Dorling says: “The pharma market has been one of the major Indian success stories of the past decade. Our Constant Climate means customers benefit from the delivery of pharmaceutical shipments in a pure, potent and stable condition for safe administration to patients.”

He continues: “With the 787-9 now servicing Delhi, combined with the Good Distribution Practice training academy we recently held in Hyderabad, customers can rest assured we provide them with the highest quality temperature sensitive products on the market.”

IAG Cargo has 22 787-9s on order, to join the fleet by 2018. It will start using 787-9s on Heathrow services to Abu Dhabi and Muscat from November 2015, to Kuala Lumpur in December 2015, to Austin (US) in February 2016 and San Jose (also US) from May 2016.