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SAO PAULO — Barueri-based Brazilian carrier Azul to increase the number of its converted E195 jets for cargo operations to 10 in 2021. The announcement was made by David Neeleman, the founder of Azul, during a press conference last week.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, demand for cargo transportation has exploded around the world. The airline operators have begun to convert their passenger planes to freighters to meet the increasing demand for cargo shipping. Azul initially converted four Embraer E195 jets to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.

The conversions were carried out under the guidance of Embraer. 82 of the 118 seats were removed to carry 3.75 tons of cargo on board. Azul reported that its cargo operations increased by 40% compared to the same period in 2019.

The Brazilian airline currently has 67 E1 class Embraer jets. It operates only 48 of them. The rest has been operated by TAP Air Portugal under a leasing agreement.#

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