With more than 130 converted freighters in service, ATR has finally handed over a purpose-built variant
As COVID-19 swept across the world and passenger aircraft were grounded, the vital air freight capacity they provide was decimated. Airlines started scrambling for ways to continue to carry cargo without flying empty jets. Thomas Haynes speaks to Airbus about how they helped to solve this problem.
As the Coronavirus swept across the world and airlines grounded jets, the belly-freight capacity passenger these aircraft provide vanished. To solve this, operators and manufacturers stepped in to come up ways of removing the seats and attaching freight to the floor. We've put together three examples of what it looks like both before and after the transition has been made.
Indian low-cost airline, SpiceJet has converted three of its Bombardier Q400 passenger aircraft into freighters. The turboprops, which usually have space for 78 passengers in a single-class configuration, had their seats removed and now each have a cargo capacity of 8.5 tons.