Cathay Dragon Cargo is providing more cargo capacity by using the cabins of its passenger aircraft, its latest solution in response to the global demand for air cargo to carry supplies for the fight against COVID-19.While Cathay Pacific Cargo’s 20-strong Boeing 747 freighter fleet has been flying nonstop from the beginning of the pandemic, demand also resulted in passenger aircraft being used as cargo-only freighters to ship medical supplies and PPE (personal protective equipment) using the cargo belly hold. Meanwhile, the airline obtained special approvals from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) to use the passenger cabin to carry cargo as well.


On 23 April, the first of these passenger cabin cargo flights took place. A Boeing 777 passenger aircraft flew from Hong Kong to Los Angeles with medical face shields loaded into the Economy Class cabin. Boxes were loaded via the aircraft’s passenger door using a catering truck, then manually secured into seats.

Cathay Pacific has obtained approvals from HKCAD to operate B777s in this manner for further flights. The ability to use the passenger cabins adds much-needed capacity at a time of urgent demand, according to Cathay Pacific General Manager Programs & Airworthiness Paul Barwell. ‘It is estimated that loading additional cargo on the passenger seats provides 30 percent additional capacity on top of the belly cargo alone,’ he said.

General Manager Cargo Commercial Nelson Chin said: ‘A lot of colleagues worked around the clock over the past few weeks. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone behind the scenes – all the unsung heroes who made this all possible, whether on the ground in Hong Kong or Los Angeles or in the air.’

Chin added: ‘This “first” for Cathay Pacific will enable us to transport even more precious cargo to those in need.’

To further meet demand, the project team is seeking permission from relevant authorities to expand the initiative and improve the process. ‘We are also seeking approval to use our Airbus passenger fleet,’ said Chin. ‘We expect there will be a need for such solutions over the coming months when we will be operating short of our normal passenger schedule.’

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The carrier will utilise a Boeing 777 Freighter on the weekly service and the agreement has been made through Cathay Dragon Cargo’s QR Charter Services product.

More than 100 tonnes of garments will be moved from Dhaka and the first freighter was loaded on 13 May and it will continue for the next 12 months.

Cathay Dragon chief officer for cargo, Guillaume Halleux said: “We are proud of our partnership with EFL and appreciate this long-term relationship, which demonstrates the trust placed by EFL in our services.

Our expertise in freight charters enables us to customize our connectivity and services for our customers to most of the airports in the world.

“Utilising our renowned CD Charter service, we are able to offer tailor-made cargo solutions to our business partners.” The majority of apparel exports out of Dhaka on the freighters consist of sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s wear, and will be transported to New York to major retailers in the United States.

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Bangladesh is the second-largest exporter of readymade garments and it is the country’s largest source for export earnings. To provide global market access to the local exporter.

EFL founder and chairman, Hanif Yusoof added: “We are pleased to announce this new service from Dhaka for our USA customers. Bangladesh has been a very attractive sourcing market for retailers and the development of better and faster supply chain solutions will further strengthen its reputation in the region.

“I would like to thank the team at Cathay Dragon Cargo for their continued support. We look forward to developing more customized solutions for our key customers.”

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