Singapore Airlines modified its two Boeing 777-300ERs to carry cargo in compartments. These “frontrunners” will focus on freight operations in the face of reduced demand for tourists this year.
According to FlightGlobal, the first of the two converters flew in the sky on November 5. The plane made a flight to Tokyo Narita from Singapore. Notably, all 264 passengers’ seats on the plane are unoccupied in this flight. After that, the jet can now carry up to 12% cargo.
Two modified 777s have registration numbers 9V-SWN and 9V-SWM. Both arrived at Singapore Airlines facilities in 2008. In total, the airline has 27 777-300ERs in its stake. However, 18 of the planes are currently parked. Hence, this airline is a smart move when it comes to making some adjustments to its fleet. There is a new focus on cargo for airlines amid the global health crisis.
Travel restrictions and public concern have reduced passenger activity significantly this year. However, shipping activities in the new environment are paying more attention. So the company is looking to take advantage of its wide-body aircraft in these extreme climatic conditions.
Respond to changes
FlightGlobal shared that Singapore Airlines will monitor the market before committing to more conversions. The company may also use the aircraft on additional routes upon request.
33 of the company’s passenger jets are operating cargo-only flights. Therefore, the airline will make the most of the transition services with ample space on the plane. One of the group’s subsidiaries, Scoot, made similar moves as two Airbus A320ceos were temporarily modified.
The SIA said the following, according to FlightGlobal
“In these unprecedented times, we will continue to be agile and respond quickly to market demand”
Overall, passenger demand will continue to fluctuate as the world is still trying to weather a pandemic. Several other operators have also converted planes in the past few months to better handle transit services. While conditions are harsh, these temporary transitions will go a long way to generating some of the required revenue for airlines.
Simple Flying contacted Singapore Airlines for comment on the airline’s Boeing 777 but received no response prior to its announcement. We will update the article if there is more notice from the carrier
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