South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has become the world’s first airline to convert an A350 passenger cabin to carry freight. This solution, packaged as an Airbus Service Bulletin (SB) no. SB 25-P170, was developed in close cooperation between Airbus, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Asiana.
The modified A350 was put into service flying the Seoul-Los Angeles route, transporting IT and electronic equipment, as well as e-commerce exports such as clothing.
Kim Kwang-seok, Senior Executive Vice President of Cargo Business at Asiana, said: “We took the decision for aircraft modification after a close review of its capability to secure safety and increase profitability. Cargo sales have become a big part of the airline’s business during the COVID-19 situation, and we will carry out various efforts for the segment.”
Anand Stanley, Airbus’ Head of Region, Asia-Pacific, said: “We congratulate Asiana Airlines on becoming the first operator to convert an A350 using Airbus’ solution. During these challenging times we are heartened to see our airline partners move nimbly to address their needs. Airbus remains committed to support our airline partners by providing solutions to their new needs.”
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