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Frankfurt, Germany - Many airlines around the world are now weighing the air cargo business due to the depressed demand for air travel amid the worldwide pandemic.

The German flag carrier Lufthansa is one of them. The airline already joined forces who temporarily converted some of their passenger planes to freighters.

Most of the world's air cargo is normally transported in the belly of passenger planes rather than the cargo aircraft. This amount increases by up to 80 percent on transatlantic routes. But due to the travel restrictions, the global air cargo capacity shrank notably and prices for air cargo transportation went up.

Airlines are now considering cargo transportation as a way to mitigate the financial damage caused by the travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


As a result, many airline operators such as Lufthansa, KLM, SWISS, Ethiopian, Qantas, Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines proceeded to modify their planes to transport cargo on passenger seats or even by removing passenger seats. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says there is currently a high demand for only air freight.

“In addition to our entire cargo fleet, we have operated 70 cargo flights using A330 passenger aircraft. We call these “Preighters” a combination of passenger aircraft and freighter,”

the German chief executive added.

Lufthansa removed all seats from four Airbus A330s.

Aircraft Manufacturers, Airbus, ATR and De Havilland offers airlines quick solutions to temporarily transform their passenger planes to Preighters.

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