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Eastern Airlines Launches Eastern Air Cargo

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Sep 01, 2021,

Eastern Airlines, the affordable airline featuring non-stop international passenger routes, today announced that it is expanding into the cargo market.  Eastern has secured the acquisition of 35 B777 aircraft as feedstock for the first-ever P2F (Passenger to Freighter) conversion of the B777 aircraft into a true, Class-E cargo aircraft. The Eastern B777 Express Freighter is designed to serve the e-commerce express freight market. Accelerated growth of this market has created excess demand for the service.

"We are thrilled to offer this service to customers who have struggled to find capacity in the cargo market and to offer a nimble aircraft solution to serve customer needs," said Steve Harfst, Eastern Airlines President and CEO.  "This move is not just a game changer for Eastern, it will also transform the industry."

Subject to STC approvals, the Eastern B777 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 Q1 2022, the Eastern B777 Express Freighter will be first to market.  The innovative design converts the main deck cabin of the widebody B777, 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.

"Our pioneering conversion method is tailored specifically to meet the needs of express package freight customers," said Harfst.  "It is more efficient and cost effective allowing us to better serve the exact needs of our customers at a competitive price."  Future derivative plans for the design include a palletized loading system and an Express Main Deck cargo door.

Eastern Air Cargo will offer general cargo sales, cargo charters, ACMI/wet-leasing and dry leasing.

"We look forward to customizing Eastern Air Cargo offerings along with our customers to create a truly meaningful opportunity for change in the cargo space," Harfst said.







Expected to enter service in 1Q22, Eastern Air Cargo is proud to introduce the first ever “passenger-to-freighter” converted B777 aircraft purposefully designed to meet the growing needs of the E-commerce, express freight cargo market. Based on the most successful widebody aircraft ever built, our B777 freighter is a true, Class-E Certified cargo aircraft. Coupled with the twin engine range and performance of the B777 aircraft, the Express Freighter features*:
  • Main deck cargo area providing from 10,000-18,200 ##. ft. of volume and 80,000-103,000 lbs. payload
  • Full interior cargo wall and ceiling linings
  • 9G cargo restraint system and smoke barrier
  • True Class-E Certified cargo aircraft
  • 21-28 reinforced freight carrying zones
  • Full lower deck capacity providing 4,750 ##. ft. to 6,925 ##. ft. of volume and 122,000-166,500 lbs. payload
  • Supernumerary area with seating and galley for augmented flight crew

*Subject to final design and STC approvals




Range: 5,165nm full payload
Available Volume: 10,000-14,000 ##. ft.
Available Payload: 65-75 tons
Range: 7,665nm full payload
Available Volume: 10,000-14,000 ##. ft.
Available Payload: 65-75 tons


Range: 6,005nm full payload

Available Volume: 13,000-18,200 ##. ft.

Available Payload: 57-67 tons

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There are three options for the Boeing 777 Express Freighter on each sub-type of aircraft.
  • Basic conversion of the main deck removing all seats, galleys, toilets
  • 9G cargo and smoke barrier installed creating Class-E Main Deck
  • Manual loading of cargo through passenger doors
  • Entry to service Q1 2022
*Subject to final design and STC approval
  • Installation of cargo loading system on main deck
  • Bespoke Express ULD’s loaded through existing passenger doors
  • Entry to service Q2 2022
*Subject to final design and STC approval
  • Installation of a Main Deck Cargo Door capable of loading standard size Express ULDs
  • Entry to service 2023

*Subject to final design and STC approval

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5 minutes ago, Kal_Center said:

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Mr. Harfst said the low cost of the 777 jets being sold off by other carriers and cheap conversion to freighter configuration means it doesn’t have to fly the jets as often to make money, and it plans to introduce eight to 10 of the planes a year.

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