Korean Air has operated 10,000 cargo-only passenger flights as of 1 August.
The airline launched its first cargo-only passenger flight on the Incheon-Ho Chi Minh route in March 2020, and has operated these flights on 65 routes to North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, China and Japan, transporting 400,000 tons worldwide.
Approximately 40 tons are transported per round trip (20 tons one-way), Korean Air said.
Beginning with 38 cargo-only passenger flights in March last year, the airline currently operates more than 800 of them a month.
Through close cooperation with Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and aircraft manufacturers, Korean Air has increased its cargo capacity by utilising overhead bin space and ‘cargo seat bags’ – a safety device that can load cargo on passenger seats. The airline has also removed seats to enable cargo floor loading.
“We expect cargo-only passenger flights to play a more vital role in the second half of the year, when the volume of import and export cargo typically increases,” said a Korean Air representative.
“As a Korean flag carrier, Korean Air will continue its efforts to create a stable logistics environment for imports and exports by actively securing cargo capacity.”