Emirates have converted 16 passenger planes to transport cargo and so are also using a few of its fleet to transport goods in the cabin. Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo divisional senior vice president said the airline was studying its capacity, in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Sunday. "Up to now we've converted 16 passenger aircraft to fully cargo flights," he said. "We also utilize the remaining fleet, where we've put cargo in the key cabin, especially to move essential PPE goods and different other medical material." It comes as some big airlines are confronted with competing forces of supply and demand in the cabins and bellies of their aircraft - as cargo volumes accelerate while at the same time passenger numbers remain subdued.
Previously Sunday Emirates said it could begin shipping aid free of charge into India to greatly help fight the coronavirus.
It comes as air cargo demand has risen to its highest recorded level ever in the wake of the pandemic.