Kenya Airways (KQ) and Avianor become one of the first airliners to convert their Boeing 787 Dreamliner into a “Preighter”. As the Covid-19 pandemic takes a toll on passenger flight businesses across the world.
This is a worldwide breakthrough as it is the first-ever cargo repurpose of this type to be performed on the Boeing 787 model, demonstrating Kenya Airways and Avianor’s role as trailblazers in the aero industry.
It addresses the growing demand for increased cargo capacity and the demand for essential and medical goods while supporting future commercial opportunities thereby contributing to the stimulation of the local and regional economies.
On Monday, KQ announced that the conversion would go a long way into adapting to the “new normal”, which would see the carrier turn around from loss-making.
“We are delighted this morning to make aerospace history with a first time ever cabin cargo repurposing of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner into a “Preighter” (passenger aircraft used as a freighter).
The project is a collaboration between Kenya Airways and Avianor Inc.
This joint effort is a worldwide breakthrough of this type to be performed on the Boeing 787 demonstrating our role as trailblazers in the aero industry,” KQ posted on social media.
The repurposed Boeing 787 cabin is certified to carry up to 16 tons of cargo, bringing the overall maximum payload of the aircraft operating as a cargo plane to 46 tons.
“We are excited to be part of the first-ever certified cargo conversion of this type on the Boeing 787 aircraft. It demonstrates our agility, innovation and quick thinking, as well as increases our cargo capability and capacity to keep essential goods moving across the globe.” Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & CEO, Kenya Airways, stated.
So far, two of Kenya Airways’ nine Dreamliners are set for repurposing.
Kenya Airways launch of the KQ Cargo Preighter is timely as it enhances JKIA’s cargo capacity and ability to handle transshipments of Covid-19 vaccines.