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Helsinki, Finland - Finnair joins forces that temporarily transform passenger cabins into the cargo hold. The airline will use two of its Airbus A350-900s to carry cargo from Asia to Europe.

Finnair has so far transported cargo only in the belly of its Airbus A350s. However, the airline has unveiled plans to convert the cabins of two of its A350s. The airline aims to increase capacity by removing passenger seats from these wide-body jets. The Finnish carrier will primarily transport medical supplies to Europe that will be used in the fight against the ongoing pandemic.

This carrier will carry out more than 10 A350 freight flights this week to and from Osaka and Tokyo Narita in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, and Guangzhou and Shanghai in China.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our passenger traffic, Finnair still maintains cargo connections between Europe and Asia,”

Finnair Cargo managing director Mikko Tainio said.

“Cargo traffic is crucial at the moment, and I am glad that we have been able to implement a new business model and quickly create a new freight network.”

Earlier this month, the Dutch flag carrier KLM announced plans to deploy two Boeing 747-400 jets intended for early retirement on cargo tasks between the Netherlands and Asia.

Several other operators, including Austrian Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, and Cathay Pacific have also started using passenger jets in cargo transportation.

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