South Korean Jin Air utilizes 777 aircraft in cargo-only flights

South Korea´s budget carrier Jin Air has announced it is deploying passenger planes for cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis, the company said.

The carrier says it will use its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft for cargo flights on the Incheon-Taipei route through 13 April to transport items such as fabric, clothing and electrical parts.

Jin Air´s fleet of 18 aircraft includes four 777-200ERs, according to Cirium fleets data. It says it will use the lower deck as cargo space.

The cargo move comes on top of other measures introduced by the carrier to combat the coronavirus crisis, including its chief executive taking a 50% pay cut, plus early retirement and unpaid leave for staff.

The need for medical equipment and supplies worldwide is currently one of the factors driving demand for freight on board planes.