IAG Cargo celebrates 10 years of worldwide operation
THE cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), celebrates its tenth anniversary recalling its creation in 2011 following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo
20 April 2021 - 19:00
This brought together two distinct brands to unlock the full potential of their networks. In the last decade it is estimated that IAG Cargo has served nearly 14,000 freight forwarders, operated 950,000 flights, transporting millions of tonnes of cargo and flown to over 450 destinations worldwide using 30 models of aircraft.
Today, IAG Cargo operates in 60 countries, across five continents and employs more than 2,250. The business has grown integrating Vueling in 2013, Aer Lingus in 2015 and Level in 2016 to expand its network; invested in new facilities to increase capacity and developed innovative and specialist product offerings in areas like pharmaceutical, live animals and high security shipments.
John Cheetham, chief commercial officer at IAG Cargo said: 'This is a major milestone for IAG Cargo. It??s been exciting to see the business grow and transform into one of the largest cargo carriers in the world today.'The last 10 years has seen the fleet available to IAG Cargo increase by 53 per cent from 348 in 2011 to 533 in 2020. The fleet has also seen significant upgrades, with the introduction of the fuel-efficient A330-200 and A330-300 in 2013 and 2015 to Iberia??s metal, as well as the A350-900 in 2018.
British Airways also saw the Boeing 787 enter service, with the B787-8 in 2013 and B787-9 in 2015, an extra 20 feet and offering more capacity. In 2019, the A350-1000 was brought on board for BA, while the latest iteration of the Dreamliner joined the fleet in 2020.
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