With the passenger aviation business in a dire state and it unlikely to recover any time soon, Air Canada has taken the decision to create a permanent fleet of freighters.
Cargo is seen as forming a vital part of the airline’s income for the foreseeable future.
Air Canada plans on permanently converting two 767’s at first but foresees this increasing to as many as six aircraft.
While routes haven’t yet been determined, Europe and South America are seen as the strongest contenders, much as they were during the partnership with Cargojet.
Air Canada earned more money from Cargo operations than it did passenger ops in the past quarter. The airline has been operating 3 777-300ER and 3 A330’s with most of their seats removed to keep up with cargo demand.