Starlionblue wrote:We've been doing this for weeks. Belly cargo only though.
rjsampson wrote:Starlionblue wrote:We've been doing this for weeks. Belly cargo only though.
Just to make sure I understand your statement correctly: Are airlines are making an effort to max out their belly cargo, on what (lightly boarded) flights are still in service? Do these involve new service agreements?
An225 wrote:Thanks guys. Very intersting.
The LH pictures are great. Some of these boxes are pretty large. I wonder how did they manage to get them through passengers doors?
However, I meant there are passenger aircraft flying around with no passengers, carrying belly cargo only.
An225 wrote:What would be the max cargo of a pax configured 772 and 788/9?
shamrock137 wrote:Aer Lingus has redeployed their A330's to make runs to China to ship medical supplies directly to Ireland. No modifications to the interiors, just hold cargo and no passengers.
tu204 wrote:Another question is why the FAA is so adamant on not allowing what numerous other authorities are. Puts US carriers at a disadvantage.
Dalmd88 wrote:I really don't think the idea of pulling seats and using the cabins for cargo are a real solution. Loading the cabin would a labor intensive and with floor loading limitations I doubt you could really haul enough to make it a realistic endeavor. Just using the bellies of widebodies is a quick an easy solution. with no passenger baggage there is a lot of capacity to be sold.
The biggest issue is it has to be sold. Right now no passenger airline is just going to start cargo only flights unless the space is sold. Somebody has to come to the airline and say I have x amount of cargo from here to there. Give me a price. The plane is not flying unless it is making money.
hitower3 wrote:Air Zimbabwe just brought in 30t of cargo on a 767 200ER from Beijing via SinAustrian has operated a number of cargo-only flights from China to VIE using their 777-200ER. Two such flights were announced to have brought no less than 130t (65t per aircraft) back to Austria - an impressive figure for a pax-configured aircraft. Pictures showed boxes being stowed on pax seats and in the overhead bins.
Regarding economics, it must be noted that the freight rates have literally exploded over the last weeks, so I would not be entirely surprised if belly-only cargo ops could be viable on adequate aircraft (long widebodies like 773/77W/333/346/744/748, but rather not on a 380).
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