Code F for Stansted

LONDON’S STANSTED Airport secured approval in July from the UK CAA to accept ‘code F’ aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8. The airport’s owner, BAA, believes this will benefit future business, and means the site could become a diversionary airfield. Indeed, soon after the announcement, British Airways World Cargo revealed it was going to base three of its new Boeing 747-8 Freighters at the Essex airport after they have been delivered next year. They will be used on routes to places such as Hong Kong, Atlanta, Houston and Shanghai.
“We’re delighted BA World Cargo has selected Stansted as the UK base from which three of its new generation 747-8 will operate,” said Nick Barton, Commercial and Development Director for London Stansted Airport. “Obtaining Code F status was vital to opening the doors for next-generation aircraft to operate at Stansted.” He added that the news is already sparking interest from other carriers.
Steve Gunning, MD of BAWC, commented: “Our investment in the new Boeing 747-8 reinforces our commitment to the air cargo industry and demonstrates the importance BA places on cargo. While our decision to operate on the same schedule also reiterates our commitment to Stansted, its recent Code F status is a significant boost to the operational capacity of the airport.”