The state-of-art jet, which flew in direct from Boeing’s factory in Seattle, will be the first of three to be based at the airport by IAG Cargo, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia. The fleet will operate scheduled cargo flights to destinations such as Hong Kong, Atlanta, Houston and Shanghai.
Stansted Airport’s managing director, Nick Barton, said:
“We're delighted IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo, has selected Stansted as their UK base from where its three new generation 747-8F 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. Today is a major milestone in the history of the airport as we welcome the first 747-8F.
“The arrival of these fantastic new jets not only increases our operational and business capabilities but they also bring significant environmental benefits as 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.”
A water cannon salute performed by the airport’s fire service showered the arrival, and airport staff gathered and welcomed the plane to its new home just before 7.30am Friday morning.
Firefighting equipment no longer needed at Stansted Airport is being donated to help save lives in Eastern Europe.
Thursday 20th October 2011 9am - 5:30pm
Venue: Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR
Aimed exclusively at ambitious business leaders, Going for Growth 2011, hosted by the South East LEP chairman - George Kieffer - is an opportunity to hear new ideas and potential approaches for business growth. This unique event gives you a chance to design your personal programme for the day including opportunities to . . .
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