US airlines set to boost cargo capacity with PAX seat removals
DELTA Engineering - no relation to the airline of the same name - has applied for supplemental type certificate (STC) approval that would allow it to remove seats from a range of aircraft in order to boost their cargo-carrying capacity, reports London's Air Cargo News
19 August 2020 - 19:00
'The type design change would allow the airplane operators to remove passenger seats to transport cargo, subject to the F's conditions, on the floor of the main deck of transport category airplanes without revenue passengers onboard,' the application read.
'Covid-19 has dramatically reduced the demand for commercial air travel. Due to this extreme reduction in demand, passenger carriers now have the capacity to carry cargo, including critical medical cargo, in-cabin.
'The relief that would be provided by this exemption would also support the need to replace the cargo capacity provided on airplanes normally flown by passenger carriers.'
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