London Stansted has today welcomed the first of three Boeing 747-8 Freighters to join the airport as part of IAG Cargo’s fleet. The aircraft, which flew in from Boeing’s factory in Seattle, was also the first of its type to land on UK soil.
The new fleet will operate scheduled cargo flights to destinations such as Hong Kong, Atlanta, Houston and Shanghai.
Stansted Airport’s MD, Nick Barton, said: “We are delighted [that] IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo, has selected Stansted as its UK base from where its three new-generation 747-8Fs will operate. Stansted is already London’s second busiest cargo airport and third overall in the UK and the introduction of these planes will increase our operational capabilities and provide a boost to businesses in the region looking to expand and exploit new markets and opportunities.
“We have invested millions in upgrading our infrastructure to accommodate the new generation of super jets and last year we gained official approval to operate the world’s largest aircraft,” he said, adding that: “Today is a major milestone in the history of the airport.”
Mr Barton also commented on the new aircraft’s environmental benefits, saying: “They are 30% quieter and produce 16% less emission than the aircraft they replace. This is also very welcome news as we continue to drive down our operational effects on the communities around the airport.”