IAG Cargo adds Boeing 787-10 to its cargo network

British Airways adds Boeing 787-10 to its fleet to maximise space on flights across its network, which is a strong strategic move for IAG Cargo.

Currently flying the route from London Heathrow to Dallas Fort Worth, the 787-10 joins the league of British Airways’ largest aircraft, including its Boeing 777-300, and is the biggest of the 787 family.

A longer body design means that this model is capable of holding up to 13 pallets of cargo in the bellyhold, with a maximum tow weight – the official maximum weight for an aircraft to be manoeuvred – in excess of 250 tonnes. For a little perspective, that’s just over 22T more than the carrier’s existing 787-8 model currently operated by British Airways.

Working directly with Boeing to build a thorough understanding of the plane’s maximum uplift and volumetric limitations means IAG Cargo is able to calculate the number of pallets it’ll allow for the carrier to transport, while assessing loading constraints is crucial for implementing the cargo carrier’s vast array of products. This includes everything from AVI for animal transportation, to Constant Climate for precious pharmaceuticals, to perishables which require dry ice solutions.

IAG Cargo network manager, Nic Nyamatore said: “The new Boeing 787-10 offers more cargo capacity in the bellyhold, all while being more fuel efficient – an essential move when getting our customers’ freight where it needs to be.”

With the proposed retirement of British Airways’ B 747 aircraft, its 787-10 routes are expanding in the coming months, with more destinations in the US being added to the schedule.