SWISS WorldCargo has conducted more than 1,000 cargo-only passenger flights, including charters, carrying more than 23,000 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies, to support the Swiss population during the pandemic, writes Thelma Etim.
Between March and May of this year, the freight division of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) augmented its air cargo capacity by converting the economy-class cabins of three of its B777-300s, says a statement.
With approval from the Swiss authorities, the carrier has, since July, also been transporting commercial general cargo shipments within the passenger cabins – in space previously reserved for protective medical gear and humanitarian goods only.
SWISS is currently operating scheduled cargo-only flights between Zurich and Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dubai, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Shanghai. Another freight-only service – between Zürich and Santiago de Chile, via Sao Paulo – is due to commence shortly, adds the statement. Within Europe, SWISS continues to operate scheduled passenger flights.
In addition to ad hoc charter flights, the company is also continuing to offer passenger aircraft belly-hold cargo space on its long-haul flights across its passenger network, which includes destinations such as Bangkok, Boston, Dubai, Chicago, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Montreal, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore Tel Aviv and Tokyo.