Last week, the first Boeing 787-9 aircraft was delivered to IAG cargo service. It is known from a source that the British Airways is going to operate the new Boeing and IAG cargo service is going to make the Boeing operate from Heathrow Airport to Delhi. Yet the aircraft did not start its cargo operations. It is reported that the new Boeing will start its cargo operations from 25th October. This year, the airline is going to take further delivery of 4 Boeing aircrafts along with an order of 22 Boeing aircrafts which are going to be delivered in future. Next year in 2016, IAG cargo service is going to take delivery of 11 Boeing aircrafts. Further, in 2017, it is going to take delivery of one Boeing 787-9 aircraft and consequently in 2018, it is going to take delivery of five Boeing aircrafts. Compared to earlier Boeing model 747-400 aircraft, the new Boeing 787-9 aircraft has an increased capacity of 22 tonnes. In addition, there is one extra pallet position added to the new Boeing model. The earlier Boeing models 747-400 and 777-200 have only 6 pallet positions.
The best part of this new Boeing aircraft 787-9 model is three cargo holds. The first cargo hold was at the front side of aircraft which is specially designed for sensitive temperature goods. This cargo hold has the capability of cooling the goods to a temperature of one-degree centigrade. Coming to the second cargo hold, it is positioned in the middle of the aircraft, maintaining some warm temperature. This second cargo hold is highly suitable for carrying animals. The third cargo hold is positioned at the back hold of aircraft, which is specially designed for end time shipments and e-commerce loads of cargo service. The new Boeing aircraft is specially designed with temperature control feature which is a step up compared to old aircrafts, said by Ande Jaye. He was the commercial manager of IAG cargo belonging to UK and Ireland. He added that, although there is temperature management capability in earlier Boeing aircrafts, the new Boeing aircraft has a noticeable capability of managing the temperature in multiple ranges.
IAG cargo service reported that the new Boeing 787-9 aircraft is going to be profitable for them, especially for their busy cargo routes like India. In addition, for the cargo routes carrying pharmaceuticals especially which are going to transit for London via North America. It is known from a source that the new aircraft is going to include in their cargo services operating for Muscat and Abu Dhabi, starting from the month of November this year. Further, the aircraft is going to extend its cargo service operations to Kuala Lumpur from December and to Austin from February next year. Next year, in the month of May, the Boeing aircraft is going to operate on cargo services to San Jose. It is an expectation that 787-9 Boeing aircraft will replace the earlier aircraft of 777-200 model, in particular when it is operated two times per day from London to Delhi. IAG cargo service has increased its fleet capacity by placing an order of 12 Boeing 787-10 aircrafts and is expecting to take delivery in the upcoming years 2018 and 2019. While British Airways has placed an order of 18 A350-1000 airbus and Iberia received A350-900 aircrafts. It is said by Jaye that they are going to have complete new fleet capacity by 2018.