Finnair the latest carrier to convert cabins for cargo

By Damian Brett

Finnair is the latest airline to reveal that it is making changes to cabins to handle more cargo.

The Helsinki-based airline said that this week it will fly more than 10 return flights on its A350 aircraft to Tokyo Narita, Seoul, Osaka, Shanghai and Guangzhou to carry cargo.

The flights, which are arranged both as charter as well as Finnair’s own commercial operations, will carry supplies to both Finland and Estonia, including coronavirus samples from private healthcare provider Mehiläinen and critical supplies from other companies and organisations, as well as normal cargo, such as fresh fish.

This week, to increase cargo capacity, the cabins of two A350s will be converted for cargo use, the airline said. Previously, Finnair has only carried cargo in the hold.

Air Cargo News has requested extra details on the work that will be carried out on the cabins.

Mikko Tainio, managing director of Finnair Cargo, said: “We are working tirelessly on our cargo operations during these exceptional times.

“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. I want to thank the entire Finnair team for their incredibly hard work.”

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