While usual operations have definitely slowed down over at Air Canada, the airline is ramping up its COVID-19 efforts. Instead of flying customers around the world, the Canadian company is reconfiguring the passenger cabins of its planes, and it's going to transport medical supplies instead. Air Canada’s plane revamp will allow them to double cargo capacity, taking it to over 89 tonnes!

While Air Canada isn't currently flying people around the world, that doesn’t mean its planes are no longer in the air.

In fact, the company has committed to reconfiguring three of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, so it can transport essential medical supplies and cargo in Canada.

The planes, which are the largest in Air Canada’s fleet, will soon be able to hold double their current cargo capacity. After modification, their weight capacity will reach 89.63 tonnes — the equivalent of nine million medical masks!

To complete the revamp, the company is removing 422 seats from each plane, creating loading zones, and introducing safety netting. It intend to alter all three carriers within just six days.

In a media release, Tim Strauss, Vice President of Cargo at Air Canada explained, “Bringing critical medical and other vital supplies rapidly to Canada and helping distribute them across the country is imperative to combating the COVID-19 crisis.”

“The transformation of the Boeing 777-300ERs, our largest international wide-body aircraft, doubles the capacity of each flight and will enable more goods to move more quickly,” Strauss added.

The newly altered planes will carry no passengers on their voyages but will transport time-sensitive shipments both within Canada and globally. This includes urgent medical supplies, as well as "goods to support the global economy.”

The first aircraft has recently been renovated and is already operational.

Since March 20, the Canadian company has operated 40 all-cargo flights.

With the new addition of its converted Boeing 777-300ERs, Air Canada intends to fly 20 all-cargo flights every week.

Their announcement comes as Canada is facing a national shortage of essential medical supplies, including medical masks.

In some hospitals, shortages have become so severe that PPE is being locked up to prevent it from being stolen.

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