“Preighters” : the new name for 2020’s Aviation phenomenon

It has been half a year since the COVID-19 is classified as pandemic disease on 13 March 2020. This evening, I have received a mail from Cathay Pacific Cargo (received on 22 September 2020):

Cathay Pacific Cargo Launches Temporary Service to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a temporary expansion of its operations in the Americas, with a 12-week cargo service linking Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) with Southeast Asia. The new service supplements Cathay Pacific Cargo’s existing network throughout the Americas, which encompasses cargo services from Hong Kong to East Coast ports such as Boston, Newark, and Washington, Dulles, as well as a dedicated freighter service to New York (JFK). The first arrival touched down in Pittsburgh on 21 September carrying consumer goods from Asia.

The temporary service originates in Ho Chi Minh (SGN) with a stop at Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, before arriving in PIT every Monday and Thursday until 26 November 2020. Flight CX8800 is operated by a reconfigured Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft carrying cargo in the passenger cabin.

Cathay Pacific has reconfigured two Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft into ‘preighters’ to introduce additional cargo capacity for customers. The removal of seats from the Economy and Premium Economy cabins enables the carriage of 12 additional tonnes of cargo under enhanced safety and security measures.

Please contact your local Cathay Pacific Cargo sales representative should you have any charter needs.

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The whole letter is about the latest deployment of Cathay Cargo service, but what attract me most is the new term : “Preighters”

World of Aviation quoted the definition of  “preighters” is a combination of passenger aircraft and freighter, Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr said.”

Now, we know it. XDDD


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