EAL puts all-cargo aircraft into service

China Eastern Air Holding Co., Ltd. (CEAH) has announced, that amid the coronavirus outbreak, all nine of the all-cargo aircraft of Eastern Airlines Logistics (EAL), a subsidiary of China Eastern, have been put into service utilizing the volume of all-cargo aircraft capacity, the company said.

this month, which has led to a strong growth in the volume of all-cargo capacity on the aircraft.

With 10 cargo flights per day, EAL has maintained momentum in its cargo transportation. EAL achieved a steady increase in capacity input and cargo volume for four consecutive weeks in February. By the end of February, the outbound cargo volume increased by 30% year-on-year, and the return cargo volume increased by more than 50% year-on-year. Such performance has provided a firm foundation for the world to combat the COVID-19 and stabilize global supply chain logistic-wise.

Affected by the COVID-19, a large number of international and domestic flights have been suspended since late January, placing a huge impact on air logistics, which further led to tremendous damage of the supply and marketing chains of enterprises, especially multinationals.

With the resumption of work in China´s domestic enterprises after Feb. 10, the freight transportation sector was the first to see a rising demand as passenger and maritime transportation was still in the low.

To meet the market demand, China Cargo Airlines, has put an unrented Boeing 747 all-cargo aircraft back into operation since Feb. 15. From Jan. 24 to Mar. 1, EAL´s all-cargo aircraft and the luggage compartment of the China Eastern Airlines´ passenger jets have carried more than 3,000 tons of epidemic prevention materials and 138,000 tons of equipment needed to restart the global supply chain.

China Eastern Air Logistics Co., Ltd., headquartered in Shanghai, offers comprehensive logistics services under the CEAH. Its capacity includes bellyholds of over 700 passenger aircraft of China Eastern Airlines and nine all-cargo aircraft.