British Airways has removed the seats and stripped the interiors of two of its grounded Boeing 777-200 fleet so the aircraft can operate as freighters and carry even more crucial cargo around the world.
The first voyage of one of these aircraft in its new configuration will be to Beijing where it will collect PPE for the NHS. The aircraft will also be used to carry other essential goods like food and medicine to the U.K. where required, alongside regular commercial shipments.
“During this time, we’ve worked with our customers to provide solutions that keep vital goods moving around the world,” said IAG Cargo Chief Commercial Officer, John Cheetham. “Solutions that include the opportunity to charter our planes. Together with British Airways, we’ve been pleased to boost the cargo capacity of these aircraft, supporting our customers, including the NHS, to transport more critical supplies. With their seats removed these 777s now have an additional 100m³ of space available for essential cargo.”
In March, British Airways the airline began operating cargo-only services with no passengers, carrying cargo solely in the hold. In April, British Airways started carrying cargo on its seats, while these recent changes – removing all passenger seats and stripping the interiors – will mean these aircraft now have space for an extra 100 m³ of cargo on each flight.
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