Emirates SkyCargo has begun loading cargo in the overhead bins of seats of Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft as demand for cargo spikes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
Emirates SkyCargo has begun loading cargo in the overhead bins of seats of Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft as demand for cargo spikes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Emirates said on Wednesday.
Currently, Emirates SkyCargo is operating 11 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft – each with a capacity to transport about 100 tonnes of cargo per flight – as well as 600 Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft, each able to transport to 40 to 50 tonnes of cargo in the belly hold per flight.
The use of additional cargo capacity in overhead bins and seats in its passenger aircraft will allow Emirates to provide 24 tonnes of additional cargo capacity.
“We took a measured approach to the loading of cargo inside the cabins of our Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo. “We have now, after a complete evaluation, rolled out a detailed set of guidelines and procedures including strict rules on the kind of cargo that can be loaded inside the cabin.”
Sultan added that Emirates SkyCargo has “operated flights from stations such as Tokyo and New Delhi with cargo in the overhead bins and seats and are now in a position to be able to safely and optimally respond to customer demands for additional cargo capacity from main global production markets.”
More flights with cargo in both the belly and passenger cabin are expected in the coming weeks.