British Airways has been operating a Boeing 777-200ER between London Heathrow and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport since Wednesday last week. Customers benefit from up to 15 tons of lower deck capacity on each daily service.
Kuala Lumpur is the latest city IAG Cargo, the air freight arm of the British Airways - Iberia merger, has added to its global network which now has more than 350 destinations. The new route was
set up in response to Malaysia’s strong economic growth and increasing trade activities. Last year, the Southeast Asian country’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 4 years and is expected to
increase by 4.7 percent in 2015, reaching up to 5% average growth the following year. Particularly international trade is thriving, with exports forecast to grow 6.8 percent and imports 6.9
percent respectively in 2016. This outlook seems to provide significant opportunities for cargo carriers.
KLIA is “crying out for cargo carriers”
John Cheetham, the regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific & India at IAG Cargo says: “As one of the world’s busiest freight destinations, Kuala Lumpur is crying out for cargo carriers that can support a wide range of cargo flows. In return for meeting those requirements IAG Cargo provides businesses with access to one of the world’s largest cargo networks and a wide range of high-quality premium products. We are looking forward to playing an important role in helping enable Malaysia’s future success.”
Quite a claim, though!
In a recent press release IAG Cargo pointed out that its premium product portfolio benefits a wide range of businesses that fly in and out of Kuala Lumpur and it is ideally suited for the transport of goods including electronics, fashion/textiles, perishables and high value freight.
The Triple Seven operated flights leave Heathrow at 8:15 p.m. every day, landing in Kuala Lumpur the next day at 4:00 p.m. local time. Returning flights take off from Kuala Lumpur at 11:05 p.m. and arrive at Heathrow at 5:25 the next morning, enabling next day connections for transit shipments to most destinations in the IAG Cargo network.
Heiner Siegmund / Michael Taweel