"We're delighted British Airways World Cargo has selected Stansted as the UK base from which three of its new generation 747-8 will operate," said Nick Barton, Commercial and Development Director for London Stansted Airport.
"The new fleet will be delivered in traditional British Airways colours and we understand the first aircraft will touchdown early next year.
"Obtaining Code F status was vital to opening the doors for next generation aircraft to operate at Stansted and we're delighted with this announcement which is already sparking interest from other carriers.
"This is great news for Stansted and we look forward to welcoming the eagerly awaited 747-8 aircraft when it touches down early next year."
Steve Gunning, Managing Director of British Airways World Cargo says: "Our investment in the new Boeing 747-8 reinforces our commitment to the air cargo industry and demonstrates the importance British Airways places on cargo. While our decision to operate on the same schedule also reiterates our commitment to Stansted and its recent Code F status is a significant boost to the operational capacity of the airport.
"In addition, the increased range, noise reduction and environmental benefits that the 747-8 provides will significantly benefit our customers. Long-haul freighters and our freighter hub at Stansted form an integral part of our overall business strategy - providing flexibility and capacity on resilient and growing lanes - as we strive for continued excellence in all key areas of the business, including product range, customer service and, of course, network offering.
"I am also pleased to be continuing our relationship with our long-term freighter partners, GSS and Atlas Air.”