Eastern Airlines has announced that it is expanding into the cargo market. Eastern has secured the acquisition of 35 Boeing 777 aircraft as feedstock for the first-ever P2F (Passenger to Freighter) conversion of the Boeing 777 aircraft into a true, Class-E cargo aircraft.
The Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter is designed to serve the e-commerce express freight market. Accelerated growth of this market has created excess demand for the service.
Subject to STC approvals, the Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter will be a fully certified cargo aircraft with a “Class-E” main deck capable of carrying a full load of volumetric express cargo non-stop between Asia and the US. The Eastern Express Freighter will not be subject to the restrictions on cargo commodities that are imposed on conventional passenger aircraft used as freighters.
Due to enter service in the first quarter of 2022, the Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter will be the first to the market. The innovative design converts the main deck cabin of the widebody Boeing 777, the -200, -200ER and -300 series, into a true cargo aircraft. This allows the entire volume of the main deck cabin to hold low-density, express freight cargo.
Eastern Air Cargo will offer general cargo sales, cargo charters, ACMI/wet-leasing and dry leasing.