While many airlines have suspended most if not all
their passenger flights, some are using their empty passenger
planes to increase cargo
This week, Finnair will fly more than ten return
flights on its A350 aircraft to Guangzhou, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai
and Tokyo Narita.
The cargo flights carry national
emergency supplies to both Finland and Estonia, coronavirus
samples from private healthcare provider Mehiläinen, and critical
supplies from other companies and organisations, as well as normal
cargo, such as fresh fish.
The flights are being arranged both as
charter as well as Finnair’s own commercial operations.
To increase cargo capacity, the cabins of two
A350s have been converted for cargo use. Previously, Finnair was
only carrying cargo in the hold.
“Although the coronavirus pandemic has had a
significant impact on our passenger traffic, Finnair
still maintains cargo connections between Europe and Asia. Our
committed team works around the clock to ensure that our customers
receive the protective equipment and other supplies needed to
fight the coronavirus pandemic” said Mikko Tainio, Managing
Director of Finnair Cargo. “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.”