Faced with the stopping of passenger traffic and the increase in freight-related to health needs, Emirates is developing additional freight capacities by removing seats in Economy class on Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates SkyCargo will operate 10 Boeing 777-300ERs with refurbished cabins, which will allow it to increase cargo capacity by 17 tonnes (or 132 cubic meters) on each flight. This is in addition to the 40 to 50 tonnes usually transported in the hold of these long-haul aircraft.
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« Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo has been committed and adaptable to better connect people and businesses around the world by delivering the goods they urgently need. We have worked tirelessly to reactivate our global network of more than 85 destinations, to expand our freight capacities and meet the requirements of our customers, notably with passenger-freighters, carrying cargo in the hold as well as in the lockers. luggage and passenger seats. Thanks to the Boeing 777-300ERs whose cabins have been modified, we will be able to transport even more freight per flight, which will make it possible to transport goods more quickly and make cargo operations even more efficient, ”says Nabil Sultan, Vice President of the Cargo Division of Emirates.
The modification of the Economy Class cabins of the ten Emirates Boeing 777-300ER is carried out at the Emirates Engineering centers in Dubai, each plane requiring nearly 640 hours of work. The technicians remove the 305 Economy class seats by fixing the safety equipment and carrying out load resistance tests throughout the process. Seven aircraft have already been modified by Emirates Engineering teams, and three more are expected to be ready by mid-July.
Find out how Emirates Engineering adapted the aircraft in its fleet in this video: