IAG Cargo begins A380 service to Joburg

IAG Cargo has marked another major milestone in its fleet modernisation programme as British Airways celebrated the start of commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa with the brand new A380.


IAG Cargo begins A380 service to Joburg


IAG Cargo has marked another major milestone in its fleet modernisation programme as British Airways celebrated the start of commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa with the brand new A380. Replacing the B747 model on the route, the new A380 aircraft offers precision cargo transport opportunities for the South African market, according to IAG. IAG Cargo has specified air conditioning capabilities for the hold, which will prove beneficial to customers wishing to transport temperature-sensitive cargo, such as perishables or pharmaceuticals. The new on-board services are expected to be a welcome feature to the South African perishables market, it added.

IAG Cargo has optimised its A380 for belly-hold cargo by purchasing two additional ULD positions in the hold. IAG will also be the first carrier in the world to receive an A380 with an improved maximum take-off weight, 12 tonnes heavier than other A380’s currently flying, allowing it to carry more cargo. As the aircraft is enabled with air conditioning in the forward hold and heating and ventilation in the rear hold it will also be well-suited for the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods, where IAG Cargo will now be able to set and maintain hold temperature to within 1ËšC accuracy.