IAG Cargo has transported a large shipment of high-value, specialist security equipment across its extensive global network for use at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The equipment was shipped to Rio de Janeiro from IAG Cargo’s hubs at London Heathrow and Madrid–Barajas and carried on both British Airways and Iberia aircraft, utilising the strength of the carrier’s combined network. The cargo was transported using IAG Cargo’s Perform Unitised product, specifically designed for the unique requirements of lose cargo shipments.
David Shepherd, Head of Commercial at IAG Cargo commented: “Being the preferred supplier for partners of a number of sports and sporting events across the globe has enabled us to showcase the flexibility of our network. Our strong customer relationships also mean we are able to understand and deliver the most appropriate shipping and network solutions to ensure the safe and speedy delivery of their valuable shipments.”
IAG Cargo recently announced a 40% expansion in capacity between London and Rio de Janeiro due to an increase in commercial flights, operated by IAG carriers. From October 28, 2013, the route will be serviced daily by a Boeing 777-300ER, replacing the 777-200 currently servicing the route. Customers will benefit from increased access to IAG Cargo’s cargo network, which supports more than 350 destinations worldwide, including the top 120 freight airports.
The FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 will be held between 15-30 June and brings together eight football teams and an expected 826,000 spectators. Since 2005, it has also acted as a dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup, which is staged in the same host nation the following year. Security and safety is paramount at international events and the safe delivery of over 46 tonnes of equipment is a crucial part of the operation.