EFW plans for more pax-freighter ops with in-cabin cargo container

German MRO and conversion house Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has launched in-cabin cargo container boxes, a new product allowing airlines operating reconfigured passenger planes to increase cargo storage capacity in the main cabin. The global logistics industry has adjusted to the reduced capacity spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic with additional freighter aircraft charters and other means, […]

3 trends in July passenger-freighter operations

Some regions continue to see an expansion of cargo-only operations utilizing passenger aircraft, despite falling demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat COVID-19 and the resumption of some international passenger flights. As the capacity and commodity mix evolves, here are three trends Cargo Facts has gleaned from analysis of passenger freighter flights in July: […]

Hi Fly pilots first A380 freighter-lite

Portugal-based wet lease specialist Hi Fly has become the first airline to modify an A380 into a makeshift freighter by removing seats from its passenger cabin. According to Hi Fly, the reconfigured A380 offers a total volume of 165 cubic meters in the passenger cabin and 133 cubic meters in the belly, with a payload […]

Emirates to operate 10 reconfigured 777-300ERs

Emirates has begun operating reconfigured 777-300ERs with seats removed to create additional cargo capacity. The airline has already modified seven aircraft, with three more to follow by mid-July. These reconfigured 777s, called “mini freighters” by Emirates SkyCargo, add to the carrier’s substantial fleet of passenger freighters — 777-300ERs that have their passenger cabins intact — […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Cargo’s role in recovering passenger operations [VIDEO]

This week, Cargo Facts responded to growing reader interest in cargo’s role amid the gradual recovery of the passenger aviation business. In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss whether temporary combi aircraft might fly, and look to some of the options available to carriers for maximizing cargo carriage on […]

GTA Air Cargo enters pax freighter ACMI deal with Air Transat

Canada-based GTA dnata, the joint venture between GTA Aviation and U.A.E.-based dnata, has set up a division called “GTA Air Cargo” and entered into an ACMI agreement with Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat for two reconfigured passenger freighters. According to a social media post by Mario D’Urso, chairman of GTA dnata, the deal involves two […]

Colibri Aero and J&C Aero launch cabin cargo containers

Aircraft component provider Colibri Aero and cabin modification specialist J&C Aero have developed the first permanent cargo containers for the passenger cabins of widebody aircraft. Unlike other temporary cabin reconfigurations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the containers are intended to remain installed on passenger aircraft. According to the two companies, the containers can be used on […]
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