[Ref Flight International Magazine 24-30 Mar 2020]
Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific had earlier indicated that it will offer cargo flights to Japan using passenger jets.
Korean Air has followed the lead of Cathay Pacific and is using passenger aircraft as freighters on suspended routes, as it seeks a response to network disruption resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
Walter Cho, chairman of parent company Hanjin Group, proposed the idea of using passenger aircraft as freighters to “overcome the current crisis, as this would cut down expenses and support import and export companies.”
“If we use the cargo compartment of our parked passenger aircraft, not only can we respond to the changing demand of cargo transport by diversifying our cargo routes, but we can also reduce aircraft parking fees.” Cho adds.