Air General with British Airways Cargo Managers at the Acentis facility at London-Heathrow
As many of you know, Air General has 8 British Airways/IAG Cargo operations (AUS, DEN, DFW, IAH, IAD, ORD, MCO and TPA), which is more than half of the 15 total US destinations that BA operates in.
As such, BA recognized how critical we are in the US market so they invited all our BA station managers as well as several others from the Home Office out to London for a ground handling review.
This was an excellent opportunity for Air General and it’s managers to meet with key people from BA’s London based team. They also had a bit of fun touring London and visiting BA’s massive cargo hub at London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) as well as BA’s Ascentis cargo facility.
Air General Grows In Washington, DC (IAD) With Addition Of British Airways
Air General is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the ground handling contract for British Airways (IAG Cargo) in Washington, DC at Dulles International Airport (IAD).
On September 28th, Regional Director Gabe Rodriguez and a transition team made up of Air General professionals from IAH, AUS, ORD, CLT and many other locations and disciplines inaugurated the 8th British Airways station in our network.
Air General has handled British Airways cargo for over 30 years. Currently we look after their business in DEN, ORD, DFW, IAH, AUS, TPA and MCO in addition to IAD.
The two daily Boeing widebody flights will be handled in Cargo Building Three where BA handled their own cargo with their own employees until 2008 when the work was subcontracted.
IAD joins DFW, AUS, IAH, ORD, DEN, MCO and TPA in handling British Airways for Air General. We look forward to seeing the start up later this month and are extremely proud of the contributions that Gabe Rodriguez, Donna Blanchard, Paul Siebols, Roger Muckelroy and Ricky Canes have put forth so far to make this dream station a reality.
On the Ides of March (March 3rd) British Airways opened their first new airport operation in the USA in several years, when their Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down five minutes early in Austin, TX.
Air General was selected as the cargo handling agent for this new BA station and on the first day we accepted 14,821 kilos of freight plus three animals for the departure.
Our new cargo facility in AUS is our second in this airport. We currently handle United Airlines Cargo, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines cargo in our first facility.
We are pleased to announce that Air General has been awarded the British Airways cargo handling contract for Chicago. This large cargo operation with three daily 777s and two weekly freighters is a significant addition to our cargo handling business. Chicago is a critical location for British Airways, and we are very pleased that we have been awarded such a busy and cargo driven city. Air General has long been keen to enter the Chicago cargo market, and has long term goals to make Chicago a strong success and a vital cargo hub for Air General.
After more than a year of intense negotiations, British Airways has renewed all five cargo handling contracts with Air General. Citing excellent service record, as well as significant savings and cost benefits, British Airways World Cargo once again reaffirms their confidence in Air General by re-awarding all five cities – Dallas, Denver, Houston, Orlando and Tampa.