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Iberia turns three A330s into freighters

Johanna Koyser
07.01.2021
2 minutes

For almost a year now, the market demands of aviation have changed drastically. On the one hand, far fewer passengers are flying than in 2019, on the other hand, the demand for cargo flights has risen sharply. Thus, airlines whose main source of income was passenger flights are forced to rethink. A good example of this is Iberia, which has now converted its third A330 into a cargo aircraft.

Turning passenger planes into cargo planes is nothing new. Malaysia Airlines, for example, converted an Airbus A380 into a freighter last year. However, they did not remove the furnishings of the passenger cabin, but adapted the transport boxes to the spatial conditions. The Spanish airline Iberia, however, goes one step further. Three A330s have now been completely converted into cargo aircraft, with all cabin furnishings removed. There is no longer a seat or partition in the aircraft. Instead, there are now 33 loading positions, which serve to secure the cargo. This means an increase of 105 m3 of cargo space per aircraft, or 18,000 kilos of cargo in the former passenger cabin. Added to this, of course, is the A330’s existing cargo space.

This conversion is special because, according to Iberia, it can be completely reversed. If market requirements change again in the future, the three Iberia A330 freighters will become passenger aircraft again.

Picture © Miguel Ángel Sanz

by Johanna Koyser

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