Airlines adds space for cargo with removal of passenger seats

FreightWaves has announced airlines are beginning the process of removing passenger seats to make room for air cargo, the news source said.

With a global shortage of air cargo space and demand to move emergency medical supplies, some overseas passenger airlines are taking out the seats on aircraft to make more room for freight.

US airlines are asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to fly cargo in the main deck where passengers normally sit, including the option of removing seats, an industry source familiar with the regulatory situation said.

Some airlines are using seat bags to maximize the efficiency of passenger aircraft being deployed as full-time freighters. The seat bags allow airlines to use more space for cargo without having to make costly modifications.