Emirates modifies B777-300ER for cargo operations

Emirates modifies B777-300ER for cargo operations

Emirates modifies B777-300ER for cargo operations. Emirates engineering has modified 10 of its passenger B777-300ER aircraft for cargo operations due to demand for transportation of cargo. This would increase the overall capacity of the aircraft to carry cargo. The airline has been using its B777 freighter and its passenger B777-300ER with cargo being loaded in the belly for cargo operations.

Emirates modification of B777-300ER passenger aircraft

Emirates has modified its B777-300ER passenger aircraft for cargo operations. The airline has removed all the seats in economy cabin of 10 of its aircraft. This will enable it to carry 17 more tons of cargo or 132 cubic m per flight on top of 40-50 tons in its belly. This was done due to high demand for cargo transportation of essential commodities such as PPE.

Emirates modifies B777-300ER for cargo operations
Emirates has modified its B777-300ER passenger aircraft for cargo operations by removing the seats in its economy cabin. Photo: Emirates

Emirates has modified 10 of its aircraft. These modified aircraft will be deployed on high demand routes for movement of urgent required goods. This is not the first time airlines have converted their passenger aircraft for cargo operations. Since the start of the pandemic airlines such as Lufthansa, Air Canada, Austrian Airlines , China Eastern Airlines have all modified their aircraft to accommodate additional cargo.

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo has taken very seriously its responsibility of connecting people and businesses across the world with the commodities that they urgently require. To this end, we have been working flat out, first to re-connect a global network of more than 85 destinations and then to introduce capacity options that fit what our customers demand from us including passenger aircraft flying only with belly hold cargo and loading cargo in the overhead bins and on passenger seats. Now, with the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with modified Economy Class cabins, we will be able to transport even more cargo per flight, allowing for more cargo to reach their destination faster and for more efficient cargo operations.”

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President had said in a statement
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How have they modified the aircraft ?

The modification of the aircraft took place at Emirates engineering facility in Dubai. Each aircraft required around 640 man hours for its modification. The process included removing 305 passenger seats from the economic cabin and placing safety equipment and implementing regular load bearing tests.

There have converted seven of their aircraft and three more are to be converted by the end of July. A total of 3,050 seats have been removed. These seats will be safely and hygienically stored for the time being. These will be fitted back once passenger demand increases.

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What cargo will be loaded ?

Emirates SkyCargo has implemented strict rules on the type of cargo that can be loaded inside the aircraft. General cargo, garments, PPE and pharmaceuticals that can be maintained at a temperature of 15 to 25 degrees are some of the commodities that can be loaded. Other items include perishables such as cut flowers and selective dry and non smelling fruits and vegetables. The airline has also stated cargo loaded in the passenger cabins would need to be packaged inside a suitable external container such as a plastic or cardboard box in accordance with the latest regulations outlined by IATA.

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