Qantas converts 270-seat A330s to freighters as e-commerce booms
Qantas is set to convert two of its widebody A330-200 passenger aircraft into freighters in response to a surge in online shopping spurred on by COVID.
One of the aircraft, which holds 28 business and 243 economy seats, will be used in the business’ international freight network, while another will transport packages for its fleet that serves Australia Post.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline’s freight business had “boomed” during the pandemic, and that much of this effect will continue even as restrictions end.
“The converted A330 aircraft for Australia Post will be able to carry around 50 tonnes of cargo each flight, more than double the capacity of other freighters operating for the national postal service,” he said.