Thursday, 14 January 2021

IAG Cargo has transported over a million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine worldwide through its Constant Climate hubs - London Heathrow, Dublin and Madrid facilities

A consignment of Moderna vaccines being delivered at Dublin Airport from an Aer Lingus aircraft

IAG Cargo today announces it has flown over a million Covid-19 vaccines around the world, as its Constant Climate product springs into action to support countries fight against Covid-19.

Through IAG Cargo’s dedicated facilities at London Heathrow, Madrid and Dublin over a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been transported to North America and Europe. Amongst the IAG Cargo shipments to date are 80,000 doses from its Madrid hub to the Canary Islands and the first batch of the Moderna vaccine to Dublin and Gran Canaria.

IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. With the combined strength of five airlines - British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and Level, IAG Cargo covers a global network of over 350 destinations.  

In 2019 IAG Cargo had a commercial revenue of €1,117 million. It has a combined workforce of more than 2,470 people. Its parent company, International Airlines Group, is one of the world's largest airline groups with 548 aircraft at 30th June 2020. It is the third-largest group in Europe and the sixth-largest in the world, based on revenue.

IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate product already plays a vital role in the distribution of vaccines, transporting millions of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products every year. In addition to IAG Cargo’s extensive global network of over 100 approved stations supported by constant climate specialists, its hub at London Heathrow remains the only airside facility to be GDP certified and WDA licensed by the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); and in 2019 the business opened a brand-new pharmaceutical centre in Madrid dedicated to processing temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. 

John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo, commented: “I am delighted that we have already successfully transported over a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world”

“Transporting Covid-19 vaccines represent the latest effort in our ongoing work to support the fight against COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic in March, over three-quarters of our 1000 charters in 2020 were used to transport thousands of tonnes of crucial medical supplies, PPE and ventilators. We remain committed to continuing to offer our expertise to help support the fight against Covid-19 during 2021.”

An Iberia aircraft takes delivery of a Constant Climate shipment

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