For the first time, Korean Air has deployed a
Boeing 777-300ER aircraft reconfigured for cargo route operations.
The flight KE9037 left Seoul at 22:00 on 8
September and arrived at Rickenbacker International Airport,
Columbus, Ohio, at 22:00 the same day.
removal of passenger seats in the cabin (42 prestige seats, 227
economy seats), the converted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft can load
an additional 10.8
tons of cargo. The belly space of the aircraft can carry 22 tons
Modification of the aircraft to load cargo in the
cabin requires a high level of technical review and competency.
It’s not just about taking out passenger seats, but also about
removing complicated in-flight electrical wiring and installing
standardized locks on the floor to keep cargo secured.
Korean Air has been flexibly responding to meet
market cargo demand by actively using the belly space of its
grounded passenger aircraft such as Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-9
and Airbus 330-300.
From April to September 2020, an average of
420 cargo-only flights a month were operated on passenger
aircraft, with the average monthly transport volume reaching
June, Korean Air began to transport freight in Cargo Seat Bags, a
safety device installed on passenger aircraft seats, to
simultaneously increase the cargo supply and reduce the parking
charges for idled aircraft.