Both Finnair Cargo and IAG Cargo have been in the limelight during the past few months with their respective cargo products and handling activities.
Now, both have joined forces in a so called “Freighter Sharing Deal.“
The agreement which was signed last week means that both carriers enter into a block space agreement on freighter capacity between London Luton and Helsinki on an Airbus A300-600F operated by the
Finnish national carrier which is also a member of the Oneworld Alliance.
The service which is presently planned to operate twice weekly will give IAG Cargo and Finnair Cargo the possibility of directing cargo through Helsinki to their respective destinations to and from the Far East and the United States.
The two weekly freighters are seen as supplement to the nine daily narrow body passenger flights (AY/7 - IAG/2) which operate between London Heathrow and Helsinki.
Finnair‘s third new cargo hub
The London Luton hub is now Finnair Cargo‘s third cargo hub after the opening of the first one in Brussels three years ago.
Finnair Cargo Vice President, Antti Kuusenmaki comments that “this partnership with IAG Cargo does not only offer our customers considerably improved connections between Asia and the UK, but also adds tens of new great connections between our Nordic home market, North America and Asia.“
The new cargo bridge brings the two carriers networks even closer and an important boost for Finnair given the recent developments in Helsinki where Finnair Cargo plans to operate a new state-of-the-art handling facility.
IAG Cargo continues its non-freighter policy
The decision taken some time back by IAG to abandon its own freighter services seems to be paying off nicely for IAG Cargo.
The company also made a deal with Qatar Airways about a year ago to share capacity of QR‘s freighter services between Hong Kong and London Stansted.
IAG Cargo‘s top man, Steve Gunning is very happy with this new cargo routing development and commented that “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.“
Finnair already has a deal with IAG cargo on their Partner plus programme whereby they offer space on each others aircraft on a commercially booked basis.
It will be interesting to see which new partnership IAG Cargo will come up with in the near future.
John Mc Donagh