IAG, Finnair sign freighter sharing deal

IAG Cargo has partnered with Finnair Cargo to increase the reach of their respective networks by entering into a block space agreement on freighter capacity operating between London Luton and Helsinki. Operated by an A300-600 cargo freighter, the new air bridge joins the two carriers’ networks together and will provide IAG Cargo customers with greater network reach.


IAG Cargo has partnered with Finnair Cargo to increase the reach of their respective networks by entering into a block space agreement on freighter capacity operating between London Luton and Helsinki. Operated by an A300-600 cargo freighter, the new air bridge joins the two carriers’ networks together and will provide IAG Cargo customers with greater network reach.

This is the second freighter deal signed by IAG Cargo since it moved to its pioneering outsourced capacity model in May 2014, whereby it grows its network by working in partnership with key carriers.

Commenting on the agreement, Steve Gunning, CEO of IAG Cargo said: “We have once again expanded our network through an asset-light solution and provided our customers with access to an even greater range of destinations.

With Finnair’s excellent reach into Asia and our strength in the Americas, this deal will open up new markets for our customers while supporting the responsible management of capacity on our network.”

London becomes Finnair’s third cargo hub in Europe in addition to Helsinki and Brussels. The creation of the new cargo bridge, which will connect the two carrier’s networks, is an important strategic move for Finnair Cargo.

It will enable the opening of tens of new destinations in North America in addition to its current routes said Antti Kuusenmäki, VP, head of Finnair Cargo, who added: “We are happy to announce the opening of our third hub to London, which is continuing the home market expansion we successfully started by establishing the Brussels hub three years ago. This partnership with IAG Cargo offers our customers considerably improved connections between Asia and the UK, and adds tens of new great connections between our Nordic home market, North America and Asia.”