The first commercial IAG Cargo 747-8F flight landed today at 0011hrs at ChhatrapatiShivajiInternationalAirportin Mumbai, a new landmark in the history of the busiest airport inIndia. IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo has flown this next generation aircraft intoIndiafollowing a flight fromHong Kong.
This Boeing aircraft painted in British Airways World Cargo livery will operate in key cargo hubs across the network providing market-leading performance in terms of payload, fuel efficiency, low tonne-kilometre cost and environmental compliance.
Along with key government and Airport Authority officials, a few key customers joined the BA World Cargo team in welcoming this next generation aircraft at Mumbai. ‘It is a proud moment for the IAG Cargo team inIndiawho have worked closely with the airport authorities to meet operational standards for this aircraft which is 18 feet and 4 inches longer than 747-400. This also means that IAG Cargo will be able to provide more freighter capacity from Mumbai to the key global cargo hubs for our valuable Indian clientele. We are thankful to the Airport Authority of India, GVK, Air Traffic Control and DGCA authorities for working towards upgrading the efficiencies of Indian airports and embracing better technology aircraft ‘ said Gurmeet Kalra, Area Commercial Manager inIndia.
As part of the lease agreement for three 747-8 Freighters with Global Supply Systems, IAG Cargo will utilise the airplanes on long-haul routes to cargo hubs of Asia, Africa, Middle East, India, UK, Europe and the United States.
The new 747-8 Freighter is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long and offers 18 additional tonnes compared to the 747-400. This stretch provides customers with 16 percent more cargo volumes, which translates to four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets. The 747-8 Freighters will be powered with GE’s GEnx-2B engines.