- THE MAGAZINE
IAG Cargo announced improvements to its services operating between London Heathrow and the important Indian trade hubs of Hyderabad and Chennai. For the first time, both routes will be serviced by the Boeing 787; one of the most advanced commercial airlines in operation today. Flights on the new craft will commence on 31st March in Hyderabad and from October in Chennai.
IAG Cargo has introduced the B787 to help support the booming Indian pharma industry, expected to reach $27bn in sales by 2016. The aircraft has been optimized for bellyhold with air conditioning in the forward hold, making it ideal for shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and will offer an increase in capacity following on from the B767, which it replaces on the Hyderabad route.
Alan Dorling, global head of pharmaceuticals & life sciences at IAG Cargo commented: “The pharma market has been one of the major Indian success stories of the past decade. Our Constant Climate product provides a hugely beneficial service to businesses operating out of this market, helping them to get their medications to market fit for use. The B787 augments this service perfectly and makes it easier than ever for us to keep temperature sensitive pharma products at the right temperature during flight. We are confident that our proposition to pharma companies in India is one of the most advanced in the market.”
The announcement follows an increase in flight frequencies to Hyderabad from six per week to daily in October last year, which made IAG Cargo the only European operator to offer daily flights on this route. Combined with the greater capacity of the B787, this increase in frequency has led to a 250 percent increase in capacity on the London-Hyderabad route since this time last year.
IAG Cargo has also announced that from October 2014 businesses in Chennai will also be able to benefit from the greater flexibility offered by daily flights, as it increases its service from the six weekly flights on offer.