IAG Cargo has added Johannesburg as the third route for its new A380 superjumbo aircraft.
The A380, which will begin flying to the South African city on Feb. 12, 2014, will join the 747-400 that already serves the route. The A380 features temperature-controlled facilities onboard, highlighting IAG Cargo’s Prioritise and Constant Fresh products for exporters of flowers and fresh produce. It is enabled with air conditioning in the forward hold and heating and ventilation in the rear hold to allow for the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods.
IAG Cargo has optimized the A380 for bellyhold cargo by purchasing two extra unit load device positions in the hold. IAG Cargo’s A380 has an improved takeoff weight that is 12 metric tons heavier than other current A380s, allowing it to carry more cargo.
“The introduction of the A380 to the African market is great news for us,” said Steve Gunning, managing director of IAG Cargo, in a written statement. “With Africa being one of the world’s largest perishables exporters, anything that introduces greater cold chain management is a big win for our customers.”