A Good News: Airlines Use Empty Passenger Jets to Ease the Cargo Crunch
People aren't flying because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, some carriers are putting planes back in service to carry freight instead.
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March 17, 2020 - by Alex Davies for wired.com
- People aren't flying because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, some carriers are putting planes back in service to carry freight instead.
As the novel coronavirus speeds around the world, airlines have responded to travel restrictions and plummeting demand by canceling flights, grounding fleets, and shuttering terminals.
But Monday afternoon, Delta said it's putting an unspecified number of passenger jets back in the air, flying out of 13 American airports and to 70 destinations overseas. Delta's not selling any tickets for those planes, however. Rather, they'll be operated by Delta's cargo arm, running charter flights to cater to anyone who needs to move a package or pallet.
By using jets outfitted to carry people to carry stuff instead, Delta's following the lead of Korean Air and Singapore's budget carrier Scoot.
Others are likely to follow. Reps for British Airways and Cathay Pacific have...