Freight Emirates offers additional cargo capacity onboard Boeing 777s

Emirates has announced, that it has introduced additional cargo capacity on board of select Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft.

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UAE-carrier Emirates has introduced temporarily-converted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to the freight market. On board of selected aircraft, the airline has removed passenger seats from the economy class. This measure has been taken due to the risen demand for air cargo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emirates´ cargo division airline, SkyCargo, will be operating ten Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with economy class seats removed. This allows the carrier to transport up to 17 tonnes or 132 cubic metres of additional cargo capacity per flight.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft already have 40-50 tonnes of cargo capacity in the belly hold of the widebody aircraft. Emirates has released, that it will deploy the converted 777s on routes to key production and consumer markets, where the airline sees the maximum demand for air cargo.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo said: “Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo has taken very seriously its responsibility of connecting people and businesses across the world with the commodities that they urgently require. To this end, we have been working flat out, first to re-connect a global network of more than 85 destinations and then to introduce capacity options that fit what our customers demand from us including passenger aircraft flying only with belly hold cargo and loading cargo in the overhead bins and on passenger seats. Now, with the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with modified Economy Class cabins, we will be able to transport even more cargo per flight, allowing for more cargo to reach their destination faster and for more efficient cargo operations.”

The airline said that the cabins of the 10 aircraft have been removed at Emirates´ engineering facilities in Dubai, with each aircraft requiring around 640 man-hours of work. In total, 3050 seats have been removed during the process. The crew also had to fix safety equipment and had to implement regular load bearing tests.

Ahmed Safa, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Engineering said: “Converting our passenger aircraft to these mini freighters is certainly a sign of the times. Our teams have shown resilience, an innovative spirit, and adapted quickly to the needs of the changing business environment. We have risen to the twin challenges of new procedures and safety protocols within set timelines, and we are extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

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