From October 28, 2014, businesses in Singapore will benefit from additional cargo capabilities on IAG Cargo’s new A380 super jumbo service flying out of Changi International Airport.

IAG Cargo, the merged freight business of British Airways and Iberia, believes the new aircraft will prove particularly beneficial to businesses in the burgeoning pharmaceutical sector, as its fully air-conditioned hold makes the aircraft ideally suited to IAG Cargo’s precision temperature control product, Constant Climate.

John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific & India at IAG Cargo, commented: “With some pharmaceutical shipments valued at millions of pounds, our ability to offer temperature control capabilities between Singapore, Heathrow and beyond is a real competitive advantage. For customers in Singapore’s important pharmaceutical market, IAG Cargo can now offer unrivalled quality through each and every step of the air cargo journey.”

The pharmaceutical market in Singapore has benefitted from high levels of investment and the Government’s increased commitment to healthcare in the region. Today, more than 30 of the world’s leading biomedical sciences companies (including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Takeda) have set up operations on the island, helping to establish it as an important global research and development hub.

The new A380 service is the latest in a series of initiatives from IAG Cargo to leverage this market opportunity. Having appointed Singapore-based Shiv Sivaraman as its new Constant Climate Manager for Asia Pacific, IAG Cargo customers will also benefit from new DNATA Ground Handling facilities, which offer a precision temperature controlled environment for loose and intact cargo. The set up enables end-to-end temperature control, right up to IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate Centre at its Heathrow hub; an important pharmaceutical transhipment route.

Today’s announcement marks the latest milestone in IAG Cargo’s fleet modernisation programme. Over the next ten years, IAG Cargo will benefit from a completely overhauled and modernised fleet. This programme will see the delivery of 24 Boeing 787s, 12 A380s and 6 Boeing 777-300ER.