British Airways London-Heathrow to Chennai, India route presently operated by the proven B777-200 aircraft will see a change over to the brand new Boeing 787 as of 26. October 2014.
It’s not because BA don’t have enough other aircraft!
The changeover is primarily seen to benefit IAG Cargo’s freight flow between both cities.
The Boeing 787 with its advanced temperature controlled capability is an ideal aircraft for the transport of high value pharmaceutical products.
These products are seen by IAG’s management as playing an ever increasing role in the needs of the fast growing India pharma market.
The cooling facilities in the bellies of the B787 are said to be far superior to those of other passenger aircraft and ideal for the above mentioned products.
Daily flights will be operated on the route, thereby giving IAG Cargo ample capacity for moving pharma products into India, as well as being able to transport garments on the return leg to London.
Not only pharma will play an important role on this route, but also for the transport of high-tech laboratory equipment and machine parts.
John Cheetham, IAG Cargo’s Regional Commercial Manager for APAC comments: “India is fast becoming one of our most important markets, particularly when it comes to the pharma industry.”
He goes on to say: “Our specialist product for this sector, Constant Climate, leads the industry and the introduction of the B787 will further enhance IAG Cargo’s capabilities by allowing us to precisely control the temperature at which unstable medications and compounds are transported.”
It looks like that the British Airways Boeing 787’s appeal is not only now restricted to passengers likes, but also cargo will enjoy a smoother and temperature controlled ride.
John Mc Donagh