Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has reconfigured passenger cabins of four B777-300ER, three B737-800 and two B767-300 aircraft to boost its capacity in response to the growing demand for cargo shipment. Ethiopian has 12 freighter aircraft operating in full capacity. However, as the need for cargo shipment increases for timely delivery of medical supplies in the wake of the pandemic, additional cargo capacity has become essential.
With conversion of its A350, B787 and Q400 passenger aircrafts in the pipeline, nine of Ethiopian aircraft have been modified to provide cargo service only. Ethiopian has been transporting vital supplies across Africa to support the fight against Covid-19. It is also loading cargo in the cabins as well as the belly of the passenger aircraft with out removal of seats to support its operation.