Air India considers using passenger cabins of grounded flights to move cargo

Agility, the global logistics company, has recently teamed up with Chapman Freeborn Airchartering to supply 287 CT scanning and MRI machines to Malé, the Maldives' capital via Dubai. Agility airlifted the cargo from different places in the USA, China, France, Japan and India into Dubai. The transport of more than 287 parts from five countries to Dubai was a problem for the companies as flight and space access was scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health in the Maldives requested 41 tons of freight consisting of MRI, CT scanning machines and other health devices to be delivered to four separate hospitals throughout the island chain and atolls.

Air India considers using passenger cabins of grounded flights to move cargo

Through utilizing airline cabins to hold air freight, Air India is exploring the prospect of converting its stranded passenger flights into freighters. India expanded its prohibition on both domestic and foreign passenger flights as regards fighting the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic until April 14.

It is in line with many other airlines around the world, such as Lufthansa, Austrian, China Eastern and LATAM, which now use their grounded aircraft as freighters utilizing both belly room and passenger cabins, while such a step in India involves the permission of the Civil Aviation Directorate-General (DGCA).

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