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Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel and in today’s video we'll be talking about the recent trend of passenger planes being converted into cargo planes due to the COVID-19 Outbreak. What is the reason for airlines to strip and refit their aircraft, what special considerations need to be taken into account and why is this a big deal?
It’s time to convert so let's get started!
First things first, what is going on in the aviation industry, no planes to be seen in the sky. The corona virus has taken control entirely, except for the Cargo operators, more about that in a few seconds.
However since my Corona virus video at the end of february, we all know the virus has spread rapidly around the world with the US recently passing 300,000 confirmed cases and 93% of the world's population are living in countries with some form of border restriction ranging from banning travellers from specific countries all the way to some nations banning all entry to their country entirely. Now because of these unprecedented border controls being put in place as well as numerous travel bans and a downturn in the economy, many airlines are seeing their demand of flights dry out like never before. Many are operating at a tiny fraction of their expected demand with some being grounded completely or only for charter flights responding to the virus outbreak.
Because of this downturn, many passenger airlines such as American Airlines are facing financial uncertainty and huge losses from the drop in revenue. It is important to remember that almost all the fixed costs have remained for airlines with the notable exception, no fuel costs since aircraft are ain’t flying. Airlines are still paying to keep the planes airworthy, staff salaries, regular airport fees for parking, high airplane lease fees and countless other costs. This means that many passenger airlines are seeing money quickly disappear and therefore are desperately looking for solutions to avoid bankruptcy.
Whilst cutting staff is one way to reduce costs, in my opinion that should always be the last resort, but airline managers always seem to cut salaries first, many airlines are now looking at the option of flying cargo only flights as a way to keep their aircraft flying and making at least some money. Some airlines such as Air New Zealand are flying international cargo flights on behalf of their country's government to collect vital medical supplies or deliver time sensitive cargo such as perishable exports. One of the flights from Singapore to Auckland using a Boeing 787-9, which is capable of carrying over 300 passengers, only carried 4 passengers plus the crew. Hows that for premium service! It’s pretty obvious that the airline wouldn’t have made any money on such a small number of passengers but the key is the massive cargo holds, normally full of passenger bags, now being free for additional cargo. Some airlines are taking this idea even further by using passenger areas for extra cargo space to carry more goods especially equipment like ventilators needed so desperately in Europe and North America.
See more in the video!
Thank you very much for your time! I hope you enjoy this video!
Wishing you all the best!
Your "Captain" Joe
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