Fleet modernisation programme takes off at IAG

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IAG Cargo has announced the addition of 18 next-generation Airbus A350-1000 long-haul aircraft to its fleet, said to enable customers to benefit from increased capacity and enhanced functionality.
Due to come into service from 2018, subject to approval by IAG shareholders, the aircraft come as part of IAG’s wider fleet modernisation programme, which also sees 24 Boeing 787s and 12 Airbus A380s due to come into service in 2013.
The A350s are said to offer an additional three pallets of cargo space per aircraft and include air conditioning in the cargo bays, for the transport of temperature-sensitive freight, such as pharmaceuticals.
“This announcement, when taken with our existing orders for B787s and A380s, signals clearly to the market that IAG is planning for future requirements to deliver the right capacity and capabilities to support our customers’ businesses,” said Steve Gunning, managing director, IAG Cargo.

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