Very interesting. Thanks for the information!
And, yeah, normally this much would never be offered, but since there are no pax, there's no need to deal with bags.
We're going to take 5 PMC on one of these pax-jet-freighters this coming Thursday to see how it goes.
What you are saying makes no sense whatsoever, an airline is going to take 5 PMC's on one pax-jet freighter to see how it goes?? That makes no sense, since they already know how it works, airlines like AA, DL and UA have more enough experience moving belly cargo. It goes one of two ways, either the airline delivers empty PMC's to the shipper and they build the pallet themselves and truck it to the airport as shipper built the airline flies the cargo delivers it to the next hub's cargo facility where a truck picks up the entire PMC. The other way a truck delivers the goods to the cargo facility and the airline or contract staff builds up the pallets on site, transports it to the aircraft at the destination the cargo facility breaks down the pallet and a trucker takes it away leaving the PMC behind.
A cargo contract is a cargo contract COVID-19 hasn't changed the way cargo is shipped. If an airline like UA can make money utilizing a small portion of their widebody fleet as cargo carriers they will and UA has already done this during this COVID-19 outbreak but make no mistake most of UA's widebodies just like DL and AA's widebodies will be parked not used as cargo-liners. We've had some widebodies with only 30 passengers onboard domestically but a belly full of cargo that needed to be moved. This is already happening but it will never happen on a large scale because a passenger widebody has it limitations on how much cargo can be carried which means there is a limitation on how much revenue an airline can generate from hauling said cargo especially when you are operating in the same area domestically as UPS and FedEx who have the right aircraft for the job.