Swiss WorldCargo announced the inclusion of general cargo on select charter flights beyond the usual medical and personal protective equipment allowed in passenger cabins, according to a press release.
In addition to diagnostic instruments, facemasks and surgical gloves, Swiss Airlines’ cargo unit can now fill passenger cabins with fashion apparel, garments and fabrics, glassware, perishables, printing materials, machinery, electronic parts, aircraft parts, flowers, pharmaceuticals and spare parts.
Commercial cargo in the cabin is currently allowed on flights to Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, São Paulo, Johannesburg, and Dubai, Swiss WorldCargo noted.
Swiss made the first delivery of garments and other fashion-related goods within the passenger area of a Boeing 777-300ER from Dubai International Airport to Zurich on 27 July.
With “additional airport handling competencies” needed to transport commercial cargo effectively inside the aircraft cabin, the company said that it has deployed staff onboard every flight to supervise all materials.