Air Canada is reconfiguring the cabins of three of
its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to give them additional cargo
The first aircraft conversion is complete and is
now in service, with the second and third aircraft to be completed
“Bringing critical medical and other vital
supplies rapidly to Canada and helping distribute them across the
country is imperative to combating the COVID19 crisis,” said Tim
Strauss, Vice President – Cargo at Air Canada. “The transformation
of the Boeing 777-300ERs, our largest international wide-body
aircraft, doubles the capacity of each flight and will enable more
goods to move more quickly.”
The three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft are being
converted by Avianor, an aircraft maintenance and cabin
integration specialist, at its Montreal-Mirabel facility.
Avianor developed a specific engineering solution
to remove 422 passenger seats and designate cargo loading zones
for light weight boxes containing medical equipment and restrained
with cargo nets.
“The rapid transformation of some of our aircraft
to meet cargo demand reflects our ability to maximize our fleet
assets quickly when these aircraft would otherwise be parked.,”
said Richard Steer, Senior Vice President – Air Canada Operations.
“Air Canada’s engineering team worked around the clock to oversee
the conversion work, and with Transport Canada to ensure all work
was certified as tasks were completed. The next two aircraft are
on track to be completed and will be in operation within the
Through its cargo division, Air Canada has been
using mainline aircraft that would otherwise be parked to operate
cargo-only flights. The aircraft on these flights carry no
passengers but move in their baggage holds time-sensitive
shipments, including urgent medical supplies, and goods to support
the global economy.
The airline has operated 40 all-cargo flights since
22 March and plans to operate up to 20 all-cargo flights per week
using a combination of the three newly converted Boeing 777s,
Boeing 787s and Boeing 777s, in addition to current scheduled
flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong.