Air Canada has introduced three reconfigured A330s to the fleet of aircraft available for our growing number of cargo-only flights. By loading freight in the cabins, each aircraft can carry an additional 16,750 kilos of cargo.
The first A330 cargo-in-cabin flight arrived in Montreal from Tel Aviv last Wednesday, with a mix of mail, e-commerce packages, and face masks loaded in the cabin. There was also a variety of goods in the belly, including perishable foods and fresh cut Mother's Day flowers. This aircraft will continue on the YUL-TLV-YUL route for the time being, although other A330s will be available to customers for on-demand cargo-only flights.
"I could not be prouder to be a part of what this team has accomplished. The entire organization absolutely stepped up for these cargo-only flights," said James Niphakis, Manager, Cargo Services – YUL. "Cargo, Airports, Cabin Services, Maintenance, Cabin Engineering, and Flight Ops are all working together. I'm very proud to work for Air Canada and to see YUL Cargo processing freight day and night. This gives me hope that we will get through this."
"Cargo has an immense appreciation and respect for the YUL Airports, Cabin Services, and STOC Teams, who met the challenge with the first B777 cabin offload and did it again with the A330 offload. Despite the interior being more condensed and the inability to use gravity rollers, YUL offloaded in record time, with zero injury, zero damage to aircraft or to cargo shipments, and zero compromise on quality," added Barb Johnston, General Manager, Cargo Services – Eastern Canada. "Working together as one Air Canada Team has been an incredible and positive experience. Sincere thanks to Umberto Vari, Ryan Weber, Benson Forget, and to their teams for their significant contribution to the success of these cargo charters."